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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.

    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
    Giving Students Feedback About Their Writing

    Giving Students Feedback About Their Writing

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
     
    Today we are talking all about how to give students feedback about their writing. 
     
    You know how much I love to talk about writing, but did you know that when I was a new teacher, I actually dreaded teaching writing? I just didn't know how to help my students be better writers. No one taught me that in college.
     
    My lessons were too broad, and I really struggled to give good feedback to my writers that would help them grow and make changes. 
     
    Do you also struggle with this? If you do, you’re not alone! 
     
    Today I want to share some tips and tricks with you that helped me. I know that they are going to help you give effective feedback as well.
     
    Episode 92 Takeaways: 
    + Focus more on content than mechanics.
    + Pointing out every error doesn't help students to become better writers. 
    + Feedback doesn’t have to be complicated. 
    + Use a simple rubric to guide feedback. 
    + Give one positive comment for every negative comment.
    + Frame feedback as questions. 
    + Focus on the skill you're currently working on.
    + Giving feedback in small groups makes it easier for you to get to each student in less time. 
     
    Don’t forget to take our quiz to find out what 90s pop star you are as a writing teacher. This quiz will give you tailored resources based on your results. It’s so much fun, and I can’t wait to see your results! 
     
    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: 
    How to Teach Students to Edit Their Writing - Blog Post
    Group Writing Conferences - Blog Post
    Free Rubrics 
    Take the Quiz: Find out what 90s pop star you are as a writing teacher
    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!

    • 33 min
    Virtual and Socially Distant Valentine's Day Activities for the Classroom

    Virtual and Socially Distant Valentine's Day Activities for the Classroom

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
     
    Are you excited for Valentine’s Day this year? 
     
    If you told me a year ago that I'd be doing a Valentine's episode about socially distant Valentine's Day activities, I probably would have laughed at you. Now it is totally normal though and something we have to talk about!
     
    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re teaching online or in-person this year, it’s going to look a little different. Just because we're socially distant, doesn't mean we can't share the love.
     
    If you need some ideas for virtual or socially distant Valentine’s Day activities, I’ve got you covered in this episode. 
     
    Episode 91 Takeaways: 
     
    + Do something active because February is also Heart Health Month.
    + Have students write a couple of sentences about their favorite book. 
    + Drop off postcards to your students telling them one thing that you love about them.
    + Have them create a Google slide filled with pictures of things they love. 
    + Make Valentine’s Day paper bag books.
    + Do STEM activities.
    + Make cards for medical professionals or nursing home residents. 
    + Write “I Love You More Than…” poems.
    + Do a project-based learning activity. 
     
    I really hope that you have so much fun with your students this year for Valentine's Day, and I hope you're feeling the love. 
     
    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: 
    Paperbag Resource with Printables 
    Little Bins, Little Hands STEM Activities Resource 
    Valentine’s Day Vocab Freebie 
    60 Free Writing Prompts 
    “I love you more than” Poem Template 
    Project-Based Learning Valentine’s Day Resource
     
    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! 

    • 16 min
    How to Use Project-Based Learning in the Classroom

    How to Use Project-Based Learning in the Classroom

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
     
    Are you looking for a new way to keep your students engaged and motivated? 
     
    Today we’re going to be talking about how to use project-based learning in the classroom. 
     
    I fell in love with project-based learning when I first started teaching. As a student, I would always ask my teachers these questions: “when would I use this, and why do I need to know it?”
     
    Does this sound familiar? 
     
    I know those questions can be super annoying sometimes, but as a learner, I really did need to understand the real-life application for the skills I was learning! 
     
    When we help our students to understand when they will use all the skills we are teaching and to practice skills they're learning in school in a more life-applicable way, it motivates and encourages them.
     
    Episode 90 Takeaways: 
    + Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered teaching method that encourages learning through curriculum-based, real-world problems or challenges.
    + Project-based learning can help develop skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership. 
    + Learning should be fun for all students.
    + As students find solutions to challenges, they build confidence. 
    + Your role is to be a facilitator or guide.
    + Your students should be challenged but ultimately able to succeed. 
     
    Project-based learning is so much fun, and it’s really easy to add into your classroom a little at a time. 
     
    Check out our Valentine’s Project-Based learning resource and see how it works in your classroom!
     
    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: 
    New Valentine’s Project-Based Learning Resource
     
    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! 

    • 16 min
    A Fun and Free Inauguration Day Resource

    A Fun and Free Inauguration Day Resource

    Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
     
    You asked for an Inauguration Day resource, so I’m delivering. 
     
    Today on the podcast, I am walking you through a resource for you to use with your second, third, fourth, or fifth graders on Inauguration Day.
     
    Talking about anything political can seem uncomfortable, but when it comes to the inauguration, you don't have to be political. This is a historical event!
     
    The idea behind teaching isn't to tell students what to believe but rather give them the tools and the opportunities to decide what they believe on their own. That is what this resource will help you to do. 
     
    Episode 89 Takeaways: 
    + It’s important to teach from both sides of the spectrum.
    + Give your students the tools and opportunities to decide what they believe on their own.
    + You don’t have to get political when talking about the inauguration.
    + The inauguration is a great learning opportunity as it only happens every four years. 
    + Teach the terminology associated with inauguration.
    + Have your students take “friendship oaths.”
     
    You can grab the Inauguration Day freebie from the link below! I can’t wait to see how you use it and what fun things your students come up with! 
     
    I hope this episode helped to see that you can teach about the inauguration without stressing about the political side of things. 
     
    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: 
    Free Inauguration Activities for Grades 2-5 
     
    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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