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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

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 204 Ratings

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.

    From Overwhelmed to Accomplished: The Ultimate Guide to Making the Most of Your Prep Time

    From Overwhelmed to Accomplished: The Ultimate Guide to Making the Most of Your Prep Time

    Welcome to the podcast for elementary teachers who often feel burnt out and overwhelmed! In this episode, we are going to discuss the number one way to get more done during your prep time. As teachers, we are experts at planning every moment of our students' day, but we often forget to plan our own plan time. Instead of creating endless to-do lists that can make us feel busy instead of productive, we will be using a calendar and a 6 step process to help us prioritize our tasks and accomplish more.
    By following this 6 step process, you can increase your productivity, decrease the number of hours you work, and still watch your students thrive.
    Don't forget to order the brand-new book How to Love Teaching Again by visiting notsowimpyteacher.com/book. This book is a practical guide full of strategies that will help you beat teacher burnout and rekindle your love for teaching.
    Thanks for listening to our podcast, and have a Not So Wimpy Day!

    • 19 min
    Unleashing Your Potential: How to Be a Great Teacher on Your Own Terms

    Unleashing Your Potential: How to Be a Great Teacher on Your Own Terms

    Welcome to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast, where we empower and inspire elementary school teachers to love teaching again! In this episode, we’re going to discuss how to define success as a teacher and work smarter, not harder. If you’re tired of feeling like you’re never doing enough, working too many hours, and sacrificing your personal life for your job, then this episode is for you. So, grab your coffee, take a seat, and let’s get started.
    Segment 1: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Teacher? There are many misconceptions about what it means to be a good teacher. In this segment, we’ll explore some of these misconceptions and why they’re wrong. We’ll also discuss the importance of defining success as a personal goal, not a societal one.
    Segment 2: How to Define Success as a Teacher in 5 Steps In this segment, we’ll walk through the 5 steps to defining success as a teacher. We’ll discuss how to identify the type of teacher you want to be, what results you want to achieve, and how many hours you want to work. We’ll also talk about how to find your “why” and use it as a motivator to work towards your definition of success.
    Segment 3: Take Action to Achieve Your Definition of Success In the final segment, we’ll discuss how to take action to achieve your definition of success. We’ll talk about how to prioritize tasks and set boundaries with parents and administrators. We’ll also explore ways to spend less time lesson planning and grading, and more time focusing on what matters most.
    I hope this episode has inspired you to define success on your terms and work smarter, not harder. If you want to learn more about how to love teaching again and get actionable strategies to increase productivity and work fewer hours, be sure to check out Jamie’s new book How to Love Teaching Again, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Target.com. For more information about the book and to grab some free bonuses, visit notsowimpyteacher.com/book. Have a Not So Wimpy Day!

    • 19 min
    How to Cut Your Lesson Planning Time in Half: Time-Saving Strategies for Busy Teachers

    How to Cut Your Lesson Planning Time in Half: Time-Saving Strategies for Busy Teachers

    Are you tired of spending hours upon hours lesson planning each week? In this episode, we're sharing 5 time-saving hacks that can help you cut the time it takes to lesson plan in half.
    From batching your lesson plans to using routines, year-long bundles, lesson plan templates, and pacing guides, we've got you covered with strategies that can make lesson planning faster and easier.
    Plus, don’t forget to check out my new book, How to Love Teaching Again, which is packed with hands-on strategies to help you be more productive, eliminate classroom chaos, and bring back the joy of teaching. You can find more information at notsowimpyteacher.com/book.
     
    Tune in to this episode to learn how to save time on lesson planning and enjoy teaching again!

    • 30 min
    Become a Happier Teacher: Start Your Accomplishment Bank Today

    Become a Happier Teacher: Start Your Accomplishment Bank Today

    Welcome to this episode of our podcast for burnt out and overworked elementary school teachers. Today, we'll be discussing the importance of celebrating your wins each week and how this can be a catalyst for continued success in the classroom.
    As teachers, it's easy for us to celebrate others but much tougher to celebrate ourselves. At the end of the day, we often find ourselves focusing on the negative - the unfinished to-do list, a student's poor assessment, or a rude email from a parent. It's important to remember that society, admin, and parents may not always remember to celebrate us, and even our own brain may not remember if we aren't intentional about it.
    So, what's the solution? Creating an "accomplishment bank" and making a deposit into it every week. In this episode, I will give you simple directions for to get your accomplishment bank started.
    Recognizing wins each week becomes a catalyst for continued success in the classroom. Our brain loves to tell us when we aren't good enough. It's time to remind your brain how incredibly amazing you really are. So, start making your own accomplishment bank and deposit into it every week.
    And if you're looking for more practical strategies to beat teacher burnout and rekindle your love for teaching, be sure to check out my brand-new book, How to Love Teaching Again. Learn more at notsowimpyteacher.com/book.
     This hands-on guide is full of strategies that will help you stay in the classroom while still having time for a personal life. You can find it wherever books are sold online or head to notsowimpyteacher.com/book to read more about the book and some fun bonuses we've created for you.
    Thanks for tuning in and we'll catch you on the next episode.

    • 13 min
    Connecting with Students Online with Jennifer Serravallo

    Connecting with Students Online with Jennifer Serravallo

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
     
    I have a really special treat for you today. If you are teaching students online, whether it’s virtual or hybrid, this is the episode for you.
     
    Today’s guest, Jennifer Serravallo, is a literacy consultant and speaker and has three New York Times best selling books! Her latest book is called “Connecting with Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching and Learning.”
     
    I asked Jen to join me today to talk through the idea of connecting with students online. 
     
    We’re covering everything from how to form relationships with students to having realistic expectations for yourself and your students during a pandemic. 
     
    Episode 94 Takeaways: 
    + When the tech isn’t working, stay calm, and remind yourself that you’re doing what you can.
    + Ask yourself if the things that are challenging you are within your control. 
    + Get your kids working off the screen as much as possible to combat Zoom fatigue. 
    + The more we can get kids off the screen, the more engaged they'll be.
    + It is possible to build relationships even though you’ve never met your students in person. 
    + Use breakout rooms to give students individual feedback.
    + Minimize the time you're spending on whole group lessons, and maximize your time with small group lessons. 
    + Make sure that the students in small groups belong together. 
    + Give yourself and your students grace.
     
    I really hope that this episode gives you a little bit of hope. Teaching is going to look a little different right now, but you have amazing teaching strategies in your tool belt, and you can take so many of them into a virtual classroom with just a  few small tweaks!
     
    I’d love to know what other ideas you come up with, so head over to our Instagram @notsowimpyteacher to share those with me! 
     
    Resources Mentioned: 
    www.jenniferserravallo.com 
    Join The Reading and Writing Strategies Community Facebook Group 
    Follow @JSerravallo on Twitter 
    Follow @jenniferserravallo on Instagram 
     
    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! 

    • 38 min
    A Simple Problem-Solving Strategy That Works Every Time

    A Simple Problem-Solving Strategy That Works Every Time

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
     
    Word problems... Yuck! They can be such a struggle. 
     
    Today, we are going to be chatting about math word problems and I am going to give you a fantastic strategy to use with your students.  This strategy will become a routine in your classroom that I think will help your students resolve more problems with any operation. 
     
    I used this routine in my classroom and it made a huge difference and that’s exactly why I want to share it with you too! 
     
    Episode 93 Takeaways: 
     
    + Don’t use keywords as a strategy when solving word problems.
    + Teach your students to use all four steps every time they encounter a math word problem.
    + Have them read the entire problem without a writing utensil in their hand. 
    + Tell your students to re-read as they draw a model. 
    + Don’t let them start writing an equation until they have drawn a model that makes sense.
    + Answers should be written in a complete sentence. 
    + Writing math answers in complete sentences is wonderful grammar and writing practice.
     
    I hope that you and your students have fun practicing this word problem procedure in your classroom and that it's a huge help to you. 
     
    Be sure to grab the FREE posters to go along with it by clicking HERE.
     
    I’d love to know what other ideas you come up with, so head over to our Instagram @notsowimpyteacher to share those with me! 
     
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Math Word Problem Poster Freebie
     
    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! 

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

kjones106 ,

Finally!

After years of trying to make math workshop work in my classroom….Jamie has given me a common sense system that I am so excited to implement this fall! If you want to work in small groups with your students (who doesn’t?) but don’t think you have the time or are overwhelmed at the very idea of centers, or think it will be making multiple lessons plans for one math block, you have to give this a listen! She faces those obstacles and provides you with tons of resources to get you way down the road in your prep. She pretty much has invented the wheel…you just have to pull the wagon. Thanks, Jamie!

julia.teach ,

Helpful

Jamie is THE BEST!!! Always trying to bring us useful & practical teacher tips.

Excited Teacher 2 ,

Number 31

I just listened to my first podcast and I loved it!! So many great tips. I can’t wait to listen to more!!

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