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Being an educator is beyond a full-time job. Whether you’re a teacher or a homeschool parent, the everyday to-do list is endless. Between lesson planning, grading, meetings, and actually teaching, it probably feels impossible to show up for your students without dropping the ball in other areas of your life.Wife Teacher Mommy: The Podcast is the show that will bring you the teacher tips, practical strategies, and inspiration that you need to relieve the stress and overwhelm of your day-to-day. Your host, Kelsey Sorenson, is a former teacher and substitute turned homeschool mom. Tune in weekly to hear Kelsey and her guests cheer you on and help you thrive as a wife, teacher, and mommy. Because with a little support and community, you can do it all.For access to every single Wife Teacher Mommy resource, join the club at www.wifeteachermommy.com/club.

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    • 4.9 • 52 Ratings

Being an educator is beyond a full-time job. Whether you’re a teacher or a homeschool parent, the everyday to-do list is endless. Between lesson planning, grading, meetings, and actually teaching, it probably feels impossible to show up for your students without dropping the ball in other areas of your life.Wife Teacher Mommy: The Podcast is the show that will bring you the teacher tips, practical strategies, and inspiration that you need to relieve the stress and overwhelm of your day-to-day. Your host, Kelsey Sorenson, is a former teacher and substitute turned homeschool mom. Tune in weekly to hear Kelsey and her guests cheer you on and help you thrive as a wife, teacher, and mommy. Because with a little support and community, you can do it all.For access to every single Wife Teacher Mommy resource, join the club at www.wifeteachermommy.com/club.

    24. The Key Benefits of Flexible Seating (& How It Helps Students Learn) with Kimberly Lock

    24. The Key Benefits of Flexible Seating (& How It Helps Students Learn) with Kimberly Lock

    I’ve said it again and again, but I truly love connecting with members within Wife Teacher Mommy, so I’m continuing this idea by having another member, Kimberly Lock, on the podcast today. She brought up a unique topic that we’ve never talked about on the podcast or done any blog posts on, so I jumped at her idea! Today Kimberly and I are talking about the key benefits of flexible seating and how it helps students learn.
    Kimberly shares her story with us, but she had a windy path to get to her current role as an educator today. She has worn many hats, but this past year was her first classroom at a new school. Kimberly’s passion lies in reading intervention and differentiation so that all students can make progress and feel successful in reading.
    Another passion of Kimberly’s is creating flexible seating for students, which she explains as accommodations or modifications for students with behavior or focus issues. Kimberly points out that as educators, we believe in the philosophy that not all kids are equal and we have accommodations when it comes to academics, but we tend to not feel the same way about behavior.
    As someone who uses it, Kimberly reveals the many benefits of flexible seating in her classroom. Not only is it something fun and different from the old and boring traditional desk and chair, but it provides students an opportunity to move around, can’t sit still, or need to wiggle in order to focus.
    Since flexible seating isn’t the traditional way of sitting in a classroom, we discuss certain procedures that need to be implemented. Kimberly promises that if it’s introduced in the right way, it can be a useful tool that eliminates behavior that shouldn’t be a problem in the first place. While there are many benefits of flexible seating, she does caution some potential problems that could arise. But don’t worry, she has some solutions for that!
    Looking for something new and different, yet effective for your students this school year? Flexible seating could be the solution for you! With the many benefits of flexible seating, why not give it a try in your classroom? We promise you won’t regret it, and neither will your students!
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    Visit http://wtmgiveaway.com/ (wtmgiveaway.com) for more details on our giveaway
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    https://www.amazon.com/shop/wifeteachermommy/list/V1W1DFIRUL25 (Wife Teacher Mommy: Mentioned on Podcast Amazon List )

    Head to the show notes: https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/benefits-of-flexible-seating (https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/benefits-of-flexible-seating)
    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/club (Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club. )
    https://www.instagram.com/wifeteachermommy/ (Follow her on Instagram @wifeteachermommy.)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/325390458094002 (Join our Facebook group: Wife Teacher Mommies Unite).
    https://www.pinterest.com/kelseymommy/_created/ (Follow on Pinterest for more helpful resources.)
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    • 32 min
    23. Surviving & Thriving: Advice for New Teachers & Mentorship Programs with Najah Lambert

    23. Surviving & Thriving: Advice for New Teachers & Mentorship Programs with Najah Lambert

    Happy first Friday in August! I’m so glad you’re joining me today because I’ve said it before, I LOVE connecting with my listeners and community within Wife Teacher Mommy. I’m so excited because in today’s episode, I’m doing just that. I have guest Najah Lambert on the podcast, who is a member of the Wife Teacher Mommy community and (virtually) raised her hand at being a guest on this podcast. She is a wealth of knowledge and we’ll be discussing advice for new teachers and mentorship programs within a school.



    Najah has taught for 10 years as a Pre-K/Kinder private school teacher, but is a second-year 4th grade public school teacher. She loves teaching, but admits she could do without the stress! Najah has a vision and passion for helping new teachers and also explains how other teachers can mentor and support new teachers.



    Throughout our conversation, Najah is open about her experience as a new teacher. She explains that even though she’s considered a veteran teacher, her experience in a new school as part of their mentorship program wasn't very positive. She attributes various factors into her conclusion, but has now created something meaningful and passionate about improving mentorship programs.



    As a result, Najah came up with 10 ideas that every teacher mentorship program should incorporate. Those 10 ideas are:


    Passionate mentors
    Compatible pairings
    Allocate time for mentor-mentee PLC
    Allocate time for mentor to observe mentee
    Allocate time for mentee to observe mentor
    Provide constructive and positive feedback
    Open communication with administration
    The duration of the mentorship program
    Celebrate successes
    Team building

    As first year teachers, or veteran teachers in a new building or district, shouldn’t be left to their own accord, which is why it’s important not to overlook the training aspect for them. Najah and I revolve our discussion around how to support new teachers that will leave them surviving and thriving. As the new school year begins, think about how you can be a friendly face to new teachers or ensure your new teacher mentorship program is a positive experience for your new teachers.



    Resources Mentioned:


    Join the Wife Teacher Mommy Club!
    Visit wtmgiveaway.com for more details on our giveaway
    I Spy Math Bundle
    Wife Teacher Mommy: Mentioned on Podcast Amazon List 

    Head to the show notes: https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/advice-for-new-teachers

    Connect with Kelsey:

    Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club. 

    Follow her on Instagram @wifeteachermommy.

    Join our Facebook group: Wife Teacher Mommies Unite.

    Follow on Pinterest for more helpful resources.

    • 57 min
    22. How to ROCK Your Classroom Open House / Back to School Night

    22. How to ROCK Your Classroom Open House / Back to School Night

    With school just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what your classroom open house is going to look like. As I’ve learned, every district and school calls it something different, but it all means the same thing - meeting the teacher for the first time and scoping out the classroom before the first day of school.



    For this episode, I’ve compiled my own tips, along with YOUR tips from various social media platforms to create the content for this episode. So in today’s episode, I’m sharing 10 steps to rock your classroom open house or back to school night.



    Having a classroom open house is a great way to accomplish a lot of goals for the beginning of the school year and start to connect and make relationships with your students and their parents. While this idea might seem overwhelming and stressful, it’s a great way to start the school year off right, even before the first day of school. The 10 steps I share are:


    Always start by thinking of the end result you want to achieve
    Decide the setup and flow that you want to utilize
    Make a plan to invite parents and get families showing up
    Get setup before the parents and students arrive
    Greet each family and make them feel welcome
    Go over rules, procedures, and expectations in your classroom, as well as your teaching philosophy
    Try and chat with each student’s parents and introduce yourself
    Have a wish list for donations
    Include a special treat or gift (optional)
    Have fun

    A lot happens throughout the school year, so it’s important to begin the year on the right foot, and a way to do that is through a classroom open house or back to school night. Whatever your district calls this type of event, by incorporating these 10 steps, it will leave you rocking your classroom open house and your students ready to be a part of your classroom community.



    Resources Mentioned:


    Join the Wife Teacher Mommy Club!
    Share your experiences with Social Emotional Learning with me here. 
    Back to School Open House Resource
    Wife Teacher Mommy: Mentioned on Podcast Amazon List 

    Head to the show notes: https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/classroom-open-house

    Connect with Kelsey:

    Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club. 

    Follow her on Instagram @wifeteachermommy.

    Join our Facebook group: Wife Teacher Mommies Unite.

    Follow on Pinterest for more helpful resources.

    • 31 min
    21. A Song We Wrote for YOU & Classroom Music Ideas with Kristine Cox

    21. A Song We Wrote for YOU & Classroom Music Ideas with Kristine Cox

    This episode is really centered around you and with you in mind. You’ve noticed that we have a new intro to the episodes, which is part of a full song dedicated and written with teachers in mind. Another bonus to the song? It was written by Kristine Cox, who happens to be my mom! In today’s episode, we’re uncovering the message behind the song and learning how to incorporate classroom music ideas with Kristine Cox.
    Kristine studied Vocal Performance at the University of Utah. She has been a vocal coach, music director and leading actress in many theater productions. Kristine is also an inspirational speaker and was recently featured at The Viridian Event Center for the motivational and musical event, “Change Your Story – Change Your Life.” She also loves writing music for brands and herself.
    This song, “Bridge the Gap”, was a very personal song because it was not only written by my mom, Kristine Cox, but she wrote it for teachers. I had multiple conversations with Kristine, she had access to emails, and comments from teachers and noticed a common theme: teachers were constantly giving their all, but also trying to fill or bridge the gaps of their students and with work and personal life.
    When discussing the song, our conversation revolves around what teachers need the most support in bridging the gap and how to take time for themselves. Kristine mentions the word hero and what that idea looks like in the many roles you play in life.
    Our conversation transitions to classroom music and how to incorporate it throughout your day. As we discuss, music in your classroom has many benefits for you, as well as your students. We provide a variety of examples of how classroom music can be utilized in your classroom or with your own kids if you homeschool.
    Everything we do at Wife Teacher Mommy is with you, the teachers in whatever form, in mind. You play so many roles in life that the song “Bridge the Gap” is a love song to all that you do. Having Kristine be involved was a bonus and so was having her on this episode. Her passion for music will inspire you to incorporate classroom music for the many ways you support students in your classroom.
    Resources Mentioned:
    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/sp/wife-teacher-mommy-club/ (Join the Wife Teacher Mommy Club!)
    https://kristinecox.com/products/wtm-freebie (Kristine Cox Music Freebie)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMVBWMjB_sY (“Bridge the Gap” Music Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvA_sGCqVDbb8ntNZbYwUJw (Wife Teacher Mommy YouTube Channel)
    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/op/free-sub-planning-starter-kit/ (Free Sub Planning Starter Kit)
    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/ready-to-go-sub-plans-pre-k-through-6th-grade-mega-bundle/ (Ready To Go Sub Plans Pre K – 6th Grade Mega Bundle)
    https://www.amazon.com/shop/wifeteachermommy/list/V1W1DFIRUL25 (Wife Teacher Mommy: Mentioned on Podcast Amazon List )

    Connect with Kristine:
    https://kristinecox.com/ (Check out her website)
    https://www.facebook.com/KristineCoxMusic (Find her on Facebook)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzroN4CHQhmK-2T01vblHzw (Listen to her music on YouTube)

    Head to the show notes: https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/classroom-music (https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/classroom-music)
    Connect with Kelsey:
    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/club (Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club. )
    https://www.instagram.com/wifeteachermommy/ (Follow her on Instagram @wifeteachermommy.)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/325390458094002 (Join our Facebook group: Wife Teacher Mommies Unite).
    https://www.pinterest.com/kelseymommy/_created/ (Follow on Pinterest for more helpful resources.)
    Mentioned in this episode:
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    • 37 min
    20. The 8 Step Test to Choose High-Quality Reading Materials

    20. The 8 Step Test to Choose High-Quality Reading Materials

    When it comes to selecting reading materials for your class or kids, it can be overwhelming trying to find a selection that fits your needs. Or even worse, you select resources that are a lot of fluff and not what you were expecting them to be. So how do you make sure you’re choosing the right resources? That’s where I come in! In today’s episode, I’m sharing the 8 step test to choose high-quality reading materials.




    If you look at your class of students, or your own kids if you’re homeschooling, you know that there’s a variety of academic levels, backgrounds, and literacy skills. That makes it hard in selecting the right reading materials.




    This 8 step test helps you evaluate the materials you’re choosing for your classroom to ensure they’re high-quality reading materials. The 8 step test is:


    Leveling and differentiation

    Quality of writing and content

    Appropriate for students

    Response space and types of responses

    Variety of topics

    Types of writing

    Diversity and representation

    Fluency tracking



    Each of these steps allows you to meet the needs of all your students, while also being enjoyable, a way for them to grow their knowledge on various topics, understand other cultures and backgrounds, and track their reading growth. Finding high-quality reading materials can feel like an impossible task, but with this 8 step test, you’ll find exactly what you were looking for!




    Resources Mentioned:


    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/sp/wife-teacher-mommy-club/ (Join the Wife Teacher Mommy Club!)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/launch-pricing-k-6-differentiated-reading-comprehension-and-fluency-google-printable-mega-bundle/ (Differentiated Reading Comprehension and Fluency Google + Printable Mega Bundle)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/kindergarten-6th-grade-monthly-differentiated-reading-comprehension-passages-growing-bundle/ (Monthly Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages Growing Bundle)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/passage-freebie-k-6th-grade-monthly-reading-passages/ (Monthly Reading Passages Freebie)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/google-sheets-data-tracking-reading-fluency-and-accuracy/ (Data Tracking - Reading Fluency and Accuracy)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/op/free-sub-planning-starter-kit/ (Free Sub Planning Starter Kit)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/ready-to-go-sub-plans-pre-k-through-6th-grade-mega-bundle/ (Ready To Go Sub Plans Pre K - 6th Grade Mega Bundle)

    https://www.amazon.com/shop/wifeteachermommy/list/V1W1DFIRUL25 (Wife Teacher Mommy: Mentioned on Podcast Amazon List )



    Head to the show notes: https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/high-quality-reading-materials (https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/high-quality-reading-materials)

    Connect with Kelsey:

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/club (Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club. )

    https://www.instagram.com/wifeteachermommy/ (Follow her on Instagram @wifeteachermommy.)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/325390458094002 (Join our Facebook group: Wife Teacher Mommies Unite).

    https://www.pinterest.com/kelseymommy/_created/ (Follow on Pinterest for more helpful resources.)
    Mentioned in this episode:
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    Head to wtmgiveaway.com to enter!

    • 31 min
    19. Let's Talk Substitute Teacher Plans with Sarah Gates

    19. Let's Talk Substitute Teacher Plans with Sarah Gates

    When heading back to school, teachers think about a variety of things to get ready: content plans, gathering materials and resources, how to set up and decorate their classroom, all the procedures and routines they need to go over, behavior systems, and so much more. But do you know what’s missing from that list? Making plans for when you have a substitute! Even if you think that’s low on your to-do list, it’s something that should actually be moved towards the top of your list. In today’s episode, I’m talking about substitute teacher plans with guest Sarah Gates.




    Sarah has actually been a member of our community and part of our Wife Teacher Mommy Club for a long time now. She’s everything our membership entails - she’s a wife, mother of three young children, and a teacher for 12 years, ranging from grades 1st to 6th! She has used Wife Teacher Mommy’s resources, particularly our substitute resources, so she has a lot of information to offer!




    Let’s be real, making substitute teacher plans can be overwhelming, especially in the beginning. Throughout the episode, we discuss a variety of topics from what to include in your sub plans, why honesty is the best policy with your sub, how spiral review can be a positive for your students, and where to start for the new school year. Another bonus is that Wife Teacher Mommy is here to help you with all your substitute teacher plans! We’ve created so many useful resources and materials that will help make this process so much easier.




    No one ever wants to take a day off of work because it’s a lot of work to put everything together and make sure your classroom still runs smoothly without you being there. This episode will help ease your mind when it comes to making substitute teacher plans, and Sarah provides a great outlook on how to use our Wife Teacher Mommy resources in your favor!




    Resources Mentioned:


    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/sp/wife-teacher-mommy-club/ (Join the Wife Teacher Mommy Club!)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/op/free-sub-planning-starter-kit/ (Free Sub Planning Starter Kit)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/editable-substitute-binder-sub-binder-powerpoint-print-google-bundle/ (Editable Sub Binder )

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/shop/filters/resource_type/sub-plans/ (Check out more sub resources)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/launch-pricing-k-6-differentiated-reading-comprehension-and-fluency-google-printable-mega-bundle/ (Differentiated Reading Comprehension and Fluency Google + Printable Mega Bundle)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/kindergarten-6th-grade-monthly-differentiated-reading-comprehension-passages-growing-bundle/ (Monthly Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages Growing Bundle)

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/product/passage-freebie-k-6th-grade-monthly-reading-passages/ (Monthly Reading Passages Freebie)

    https://www.amazon.com/shop/wifeteachermommy/list/V1W1DFIRUL25 (Wife Teacher Mommy: Mentioned on Podcast Amazon List )



    Head to the show notes: https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/substitute-teacher-plans (https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/podcast/substitute-teacher-plans)

    Connect with Kelsey:

    https://www.wifeteachermommy.com/club (Join Wife Teacher Mommy Club. )

    https://www.instagram.com/wifeteachermommy/ (Follow her on Instagram @wifeteachermommy.)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/325390458094002 (Join our Facebook group: Wife Teacher Mommies Unite).

    https://www.pinterest.com/kelseymommy/_created/ (Follow on Pinterest for more helpful resources.)
    Mentioned in this episode:
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

-Hoku- ,

So many awesome resources!

I came for the sub plans and stayed for the endless supply of ready made lessons! I love that the reading passages are already differentiated, what a time saver!!! And now I’ve found the Podcast what a great resource for any teacher!

*mandy99 ,

Flex seating episode - good

I really liked the flex seating episode. I enjoyed the advice about starting small. Try one special seat for that one kid that absolutely needs it. I heard and loved the idea that we differentiate for academics but why do we not all differentiate for behavior. Flex seating should be required just for that reason alone.

Tmccrea0314 ,

Great resource!

As a newer teacher (but probably considered a veteran) this podcast has so many great tips and ideas for educators. Whether it’s your first year in the classroom or you just need some fresh ideas and reminders for another year in your old classroom, there’s literally something for everyone!

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