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Podcast Episodes and FreebiesEpisode 26:What is Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass
Have you heard about the Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass? In this podcast, I am giving you all of the important info about the course including the modules, price and bonuses. But act fast because Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass is only available for a limited time! Enjoy!
Episode 24: 3 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Writing Instruction Next Year
Are you reflecting on what went well this year and where you want to grow as an educator? So many teachers are wanting to be more effective writing teachers next year. It’s such a tough subject to teach, but we are committed to improving! I have three simple steps that you can take NOW (while relaxing by the pool or vegging in your pajamas) that will help you to make positive changes in your writing instruction next year.
Free Training: www.notsowimpytraining.com
Episode 23: Teaching Writing in Units of Study
Teaching writing in units is so valuable for our students! Instead of jumping between different genres or writing all year, consider dedicating a longer unit to each type of writing. In this episode, I will share some thoughts about units of study, the units you should teach and the order that I liked to teach my units.
Free What to Teach Writing Guide
Writing Units for Grades 2-5
Episode 22: Why You NEED a Writing Workshop
How do you currently teach writing? Do you give prompts and projects? Do you have a center? Do you just do a little writing in social studies?
If that’s the case, I want you to hear all of the reasons that you really NEED to add a writing workshop to your routine. (Spoiler Alert: Your students will be far better writers!)
Make sure that you listen until the end because I have a BIG announcement! Woot!
Free Guide: Bit.ly/NotSoWimpyGuide
Writing Units: bit.ly/NotSoWimpyWrite
Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass is coming on June 10th! Would you like to be notified when it is available? Use the link below: bit.ly/NotSoWimpyMC
Episode 21:Simple Tips for Grading Student Writing
Grading student writing samples can be so time consuming! It was always my least favorite thing to grade. I am sharing four strategies that made grading writing a little more manageable. Plus, I am giving you a FREE copy of my writing rubrics.
FREE Writing Rubrics: https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/457803?v=7
Episode 20: Why in the world do you need math centers?
Math centers have always been my jam. I can’t think of a better way to teach and practice math skills in a diverse classroom. No matter what curriculum you use, math centers and small guided groups will make differentiation so much easier! In this episode, I share five of my favorite reasons for having math center time in your classroom.
Math Center Video Series:
Math Practice Sites:
Episode 19: Simple Ways to Review Grammar Skills
Do your students need to review all of those language and grammar skills? Are you looking for free, low-prep and engaging ways to give them that review? I have several fun ideas for you!
Grammar Units: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weekly-Grammar-and-Language-Activities-Year-Long-BUNDLE-3639360
Price of Admission: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-1bTt76B52oY25VRDZEaWlHRkk/view
Free Posters: https://www.notsowimpyteacher.com/2018/06/free-grammar-posters.html
Episode 18: 6 Things I Screwed Up When Teaching Writing
I was the worst writing teacher. It’s embarrassing, but I am all about being real. In this episode, I am sharing six of the big mistakes I made in my early years of teaching writing and the changes that I eventually made. If you are struggling with teaching writing, you are NOT alone! There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Free Guide: bit.ly/2JdnYaV
Facebook Groups: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NotSoWimpyTeacher/groups
Episode 17: 3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a TpT Sale
I have two BIG teacher appreciation surprises that you are going to love! Listen for all of the details and then come back here for the links you’ll need!
1. Grab the resource link.
2. Put the link on the contest Facebook post.
3. Respond to my FB messenger post.
My Store: bit.ly/NotSoWimpyTeacher
FB Post: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1119762631542398&id=157252544460083
Promo Code: GIFT4YOU
Episode 15:End of Year Tips from 18 Teachers
Check out these tips for behavior management and activities for the end of the year from 18 different experienced teachers!
Episode 14: 5 Things You Need to Do Before Summer Break
I know that it is the end of the school year and you are super tired. However, if you do these five things now, you are going to be able to enjoy your summer break more!
Episode 13: End of Year Student Gift Ideas
Teachers in my Facebook groups are starting to ask for end of year student gift ideas. I want you to know that giving a gift to your students is NOT mandatory. Choosing not to give a gift does not mean that you don’t love your students! But, if you do want to give a gift, make it meaningful. I have five simple and inexpensive gift ideas for you!
Episode 12: End of Year Classroom Theme Days
The end of the school year can be so busy and stressful. We have so many things on our to do list, but the most important thing should be having fun with our students and making memories that they will cherish! Theme days are the perfect way to have fun and still squeeze in some academic lessons. I have twelve different theme day ideas and suggestions for activities!
Episode 11: Keeping Students Engaged at the End of the Year
It’s the end of the school year!
The end of the year can be super fun, but it can also be incredibly challenging!
How will you keep your students engaged at the end of the year? I have ten tips and activities to share with you that are sure to keep the kiddos learning and having a blast. The great news is that none of these activities will require much teacher prep.
Need more information about any of the activities that I mentioned? Click on this link to grab all of the details.
Episode 10: Helping Your Dyslexic Students
Did you know that 1 out of every 5 students has dyslexia? Dyslexic students struggle with basic reading skills, writing, spelling and language. How can you identify a dyslexic student? How can you help your dyslexic students?
In this episode, I had the I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Hoover. Kelly spent 20 years in the classroom (grades 1, 2 and 3) and now she is a reading therapist. Kelly is passionate about helping dyslexic students and has all kinds of practical advice for any teacher!
Overcoming Dyslexia: https://amzn.to/2KTc7zz
Episode 09: Preparing for a Substitute
Preparing for a substitute teacher can be more work than just going to school sick. I have four tips that made my sub prep so much easier and improved my class behavior for the sub.
Episode 08: Why I Ditched the Writing Prompts
I stopped using writing prompts and projects in my classroom. When I stopped telling my students WHAT to write about, amazing things happened in the classroom. Listen for the three reasons I ditched the prompts and answers to common questions including how to prep students for standardized writing tests.
Episode 07: Word Problem Solving (FREE POSTERS)
Word problems! Yuck! They can be such a struggle. I’m excited to share my four step word problem solving process with you. Also, be sure to grab the FREE posters to go along with it HERE.
Episode 06: Seven Ways to Save Money on Teachers Pay Teachers
I love that Teachers Pay Teachers has thousands of resources that save me some valuable time and keep my students engaged and learning. But we aren’t raking in the cash, folks. Let me give you some ideas that can save you money on TpT!
Episode 05: What to Teach During Writing (FREE GUIDE)
You know that you need to teach writing mini lessons, but you don’t always know what to teach during those mini lessons. I’ve got you covered! Grab my FREE guide for grades 2-5. It lists every skill you should teach for personal narrative, informational, opinion and fiction. It even has suggested lesson ideas.
Click HERE to grab the free guide.
Episode 04: Making Time to Teach Writing
Is it hard to find the necessary time to teach writing? I am not talking about time to sign a prompt. I am talking about time that is used to teach students the skills necessary to be a better writer. It’s tough to squeeze it all in, but I have some ideas for you!
Episode 03: Differentiating Grammar for Struggling Learners
Do you have students who still struggle with your grammar lessons? I have four tips for you!
Episode 02: How to Teach Students to Write About Math
Writing about math helps to deepen your students’ math understanding. It also helps them to just get better at word problems in general. But how do you teach students to write more than a word or two? I have a five step process for you!
Click HERE to grab the free writing about math cheat sheet!
Episode 01: Why bother with test prep?
Is there any point in taking time to do test prep? Spoiler alert: the answer is YES! Let me share three reasons why you need to make test prep a reality in your classroom.
Episode 00: Welcome
This is just a little about myself and what you can expect from the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast. Let’s get started!