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This is a podcast for busy teachers who want to engage their students in meaningful hands-on learning. You will receive simple, innovative and practical teaching tips and ideas for teaching math, reading and writing.

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast Jamie Sears

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This is a podcast for busy teachers who want to engage their students in meaningful hands-on learning. You will receive simple, innovative and practical teaching tips and ideas for teaching math, reading and writing.

    Using Digital Math Centers

    Using Digital Math Centers

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast! Our team has been hard at work this summer and we are SO excited that our new digital math centers have been released and are ready to go! We've had lots of questions about this popular new resource, so today I'm answering your questions about using digital math centers!
    Whether you are teaching virtually for all or part of your classroom experience this year, these digital math centers are a great resource to keep your students engaged and loving math.
    Episode 70 Takeaways:
    +These math centers are interactive Google slides
    +Any platform where you can assign a powerpoint can work with these centers.
    +The centers are not self-grading, but simple answer keys are included.
    +You can view each student’s answers on the Student Work page.
    +The digital center activities are comparable to our printable math center activities.
    +These are a separate resource, not an update to the printable version.
    These digital math centers have already been a best-seller in our Not So Wimpy Teacher TpT store because they cover so many standards, they’re engaging, they’re no-prep, and students will love doing them! CLICK HERE to check out our new digital math center bundles.
    If you or your students are new to Google classroom, then be sure to grab your FREE copy of our Google Classroom Help Guide.
    Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!

    • 14 min
    3 Simple Ways to Integrate the Arts Into Your Classroom

    3 Simple Ways to Integrate the Arts Into Your Classroom

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast! In this episode, I'm chatting with long-time teacher and author, Elizabeth Peterson, about how valuable the Arts are to students and how to integrate them into your classroom in simple ways.
    In her 20 years of teaching, Elizabeth has been a huge proponent of using the Arts to help students with social and emotional learning. 
    Episode 69 Takeaways:
    + You don't have to be a musician or an artist to integrate the arts into your classroom in a helpful way
    + Teaching kids active listening is all about being active with your ears and brain, not just active with your body
    + Have "Listen Alouds" where you play a piece of music during snack time and let your students identify sounds, emotions, themes, etc.
    + Take "Brain Breaks" with your class and have them stand up, stretch or even dance to get their whole body moving
    + Try "Friendly Friday" and let your students use their creativity to make an encouraging card or note for another classmate
    + Consistency with these small additions is key
    The good news is you can even implement these ideas in a virtual classroom! Do your movement break on a zoom call by sharing your screen with the class and playing a Go Noodle or YouTube video for them to dance to. Do your listen aloud in your virtual classroom. Have kids write encouragements to each other on a google comment thread.
    The more your students see YOU expressing creativity with confidence, the more they will feel comfortable themselves.
    Integrating the Arts into your classroom can have a powerful effect on your students, helping them process and express their emotions in a productive way.
    You can find Elizabeth and grab your free resource at theinspiredclassroom.com/notsowimpy!
    Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!

    • 25 min
    5 Things Teachers Will Need to Reconsider This Year

    5 Things Teachers Will Need to Reconsider This Year

    Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast. Whether you will be in-person or online, we want our classrooms to be just as safe as they are engaging. In this week’s episode, I am going to dive into five things that teachers will need to reconsider to make sure the upcoming school year is safe for everyone. COVID-19 is making things hard but not impossible!

    • 21 min
    3 Strategies for Classroom Management with Ashley Marquez

    3 Strategies for Classroom Management with Ashley Marquez

    Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! In this week’s episode we have an amazing guest, Ashley Marquez from Teach, Create, Motivate. Ashley is here to share three strategies to help teachers with classroom management. She brings innovative learning and fun to the classroom. She’ll teach how to calm the chaos while teaching engaging skills that help motivate independent learners.
     
    Teach, Create, Motivate was built because of her need for creative resources for her students. This need for her own classroom grew into helping other teachers and continues to grow. 
     
    Takeaways from this episode:
    Be consistent with your classroom strategy. Use a tool to take control and manage behavior, but stay consistent in delivery and use. This should be maximizing your teaching time.  Create student “buy-in.” Your students should be excited so they’re invested. This is all about presentation; your delivery could make or break this program.  Choices! Give your students choices...these student-led programs are more successful when they choose themselves. They have more “buy-in” when they feel like their voice is being heard.  Don't be afraid of "classroom management.” Not all classroom management looks the same. Get rid of overwhelm and create more engagement. Create a calm, confident learning environment by making the mindset shift. Ashley’s NEW PROGRAM! Great for any grade and any type of classroom.  
    Access Ashley’s new program; Classroom Management Academy. This is an online course broken down into six modules. These are some of the best classroom strategies, tips, ideas and resources for you to create that positive and calm student-led program you want to achieve in your classroom. Once you’ve purchased, you’ll have unlimited access and can rewatch them any time. Take advantage of learning when it’s best for your schedule and have the tools you need at your fingertips. Maximize your time and see your students flourish in learning. Access a BONUS MODULE on Distance Learning! You can still implement classroom management virtually. This program is only available for a short time and won’t be back again until 2021. Register here: www.notsowimpyteacher.com/classroommanagement
     
    Connect with Ashley at www.teachcreatemotivate.com or Follow her on Instagram @teachcreatemotivate
     
    I hope you are inspired by these tips and create great reading centers for you students this year. Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!

    • 35 min
    Making Reading Centers Easier to Manage

    Making Reading Centers Easier to Manage

    Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! In this week’s episode I am going to share tips on how to make reading centers easier to manage. Reading centers aren’t just about being busy; they’re about being busy with stuff that is helping to move them forward. Reading centers use activities that review and practice those reading skills that you absolutely need to have them master. 
    Center time can get chaotic, so I learned how to make my center time more meaningful and better managed so I could handle it as a teacher. I know planning for centers can get really time consuming, so here are some tips to help you get some hours back in your life! I hope some of these spark ideas that will make a difference in how you create and run your reading centers. 
    Tips from this episode:
    Spend all the time up front so you are prepared for the whole year, then review them a couple of times throughout the year.  Model your center procedures and then model them again!  Use anchor charts that record what it should look and sound like during center time.  Have a student model what NOT to do! Then, have the students point out what he did wrong and model the correct behavior.  Have students show YOU how to do center time.  Get a few of the centers started during your reading groups to help students get started on the right track.  Use consistent centers! Don’t waste time digging for new information each week.  Use things that won’t change all year like read-to-self, reading response center stations, and center technology! Use centers that focus on a specific skill.  Limit the number of transitions.  CHECK OUT MY READING CENTERS
    Help yourself out by getting a whole bundle; you’ll thank yourself later! We want your students to do well independently, so plan for a variety of center activities that will set them up for success. 
    I hope you are inspired by these tips and create great reading centers for you students this year. 
    Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!
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    • 19 min
    How to Make Centers Safer

    How to Make Centers Safer

    Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! This episode is something I didn’t think I’d need to record a few months back, and that’s how to make the Centers safer. COVID has brought a world of uncertainty to what will come in the Fall. I wish I had the answers for everything, but what I can do is come up with some tips to help make things a little better. I am not a Doctor, these are just my personal tips, but please do make sure you’re following the rules at each of your teaching locations. These are just my personal opinions. 
     
    I love the Centers so, of course, I am a little bit worried. The hands-on activities at Centers will be at risk this Fall, so think of ways to continue learning that is safe and still engaging. 
     
    In this episode I talk about:
    Laminating your center materials so they can be more easily disinfected Creating a sanitization routine Having students use hand sanitizer BEFORE and AFTER using the activities Having plenty of activities so each student has their own at any given time Creating independent kits for the tools each student needs to use Using digital centers that make kids think deeply and not just play games  
    BIG NEWS! We are working on making our Math Centers all digital on Google Slides. We are making them very engaging and creating opportunities for the students to really think deeply while still having fun! They’re so close to being finished, so keep checking back at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and get on the waitlist for these when they go live!
     
    There’s no denying that this school year will be a bit unconventional, but the students are so lucky to have you making their year great. Have a not so wimpy day!
     
    Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!

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