Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast
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.
info_outline Make Your Reading Lessons More Engaging 03/09/2020
Make Your Reading Lessons More Engaging Are your students truly engaged in your whole group reading lessons? Are they excited to read and talk about text together? If not, no worries! I’ve got you covered with three of my favorite ways to make your reading lessons more engaging. Read Alouds PowerPoint Lessons Reading Interactive Notebooks
info_outline Test Prep Review Games 03/02/2020
Test Prep Review Games Test prep is 100x more fun when you incorporate games into your review! In this episode, I am going to share several fun games that you can use to review math, language or reading skills before testing. All of these games are simple to prep and plan! Connect Four Jenga Stinky Feet Cups Candyland
info_outline Reading Test Prep Activities 02/17/2020
Reading Test Prep Activities Making test prep fun and meaningful can be a challenge. But you have me, and I take care of you! I have collected some reading test prep activities that your students will enjoy! I dare say that you might even have some fun! In this episode, I share five different activities that you can. use for reviewing reading skills and standards before testing. Reading Gallery Walk Prosecution and Defense Work Hard. Play Hard.
info_outline Celebrating Black History Month 02/11/2020
Celebrating Black History Month February is Black History Month. Will you be celebrating black history in your classroom? I am a white teacher and I taught at a predominately white school. I am being very vulnerable here when I tell you that I felt uncomfortable teaching black history. I was scared that I would say the wrong thing, choose the wrong book, or offend someone. I wanted to be culturally sensitive, but I wasn’t always sure how to go about it. Have you ever felt that way too? I hear ya. On this episode, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat very Vera Ahiyya- also known as the Tutu Teacher. Vera is a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn and she is passionate about helping teachers to be more diverse in the classroom. Some of my big takeaways from this conversation with Vera: Black History Month is a great time to celebrate the history of blacks and not just a time to talk about civil rights and slavery. Share stories of the beautiful and not just the hardships. Use books as a platform to have conversations about black leaders and heroes such as artists and musicians. Black History Month is a great time to start the conversation, but then you can think about how you can weave more stories into the curriculum throughout the year. Your job is to teach every student and be inclusive. Even if you teach at a predominately white school, you still have an obligation to include all of the people of the world. You can’t help kids to be better if you are exclusionary. If you are uncomfortable with teaching black history then you must educate yourself. Vera recommends that teachers read the book by Jason Reynolds. Never have students reenact or do a role play of enslaved people. It is offensive. Slavery should not be made into a board game. Vera recommends using the resource . Do a survey of your classroom library! I also asked Vera to share some of her favorite culturally sensitive picture books that teachers should add to their classroom library. Here are links to the books that she recommended. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to have conversations about topics like this. But being uncomfortable is an opportunity for growth. Ignoring black history would be a shame. If you want to learn more about Vera, you can find her on Instagram:
info_outline Presidents Day Activities for the Classroom 02/03/2020
Presidents Day Activities for the Classroom Presidents Day is coming up! Are you bored with doing the same ol’ activities every year? Are you looking for some unique ideas that will engage your students? In this episode, I am sharing three activities that are fun and academic. Enjoy!
info_outline When You Have Students Who Don’t Celebrate the Holidays 11/25/2019
When You Have Students Who Don’t Celebrate the Holidays Do you have students in your classroom family that do not celebrate the holidays?
info_outline Improve Teacher and Staff Moral at Your School 11/19/2019
Improve Teacher and Staff Moral at Your School What is teacher and staff morale like at your school? Is there a lot of positivity and teachers are happy to come to school? Or, is there a lot of negativity and frustration. Do teachers feel supported or do they feel like no one appreciates them?
info_outline Unique Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom 11/04/2019
Unique Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom Sometimes making these plans can seem redundant or less than lively, because it’s the same thing year after year. We talk about the Thanksgiving story, the Mayflower, and the feast. We have students write about what they are thankful for and make turkeys by painting their hands. It’s the same year after year.
info_outline Why I Took Grammar Out of Writing Workshop 10/28/2019
Why I Took Grammar Out of Writing Workshop Do you teach grammar during your writing workshop time? If I were to ask you what you are teaching in writing this week, would it be a list of grammar skills such as capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech?
info_outline Communicating with Challenging Parents 10/14/2019
Communicating with Challenging Parents If you have been teaching for long, you have probably had an uncomfortable incident with a parent or two. It’s almost inevitable. Even the greatest teachers out there will have an angry parent from time to time. You certainly are not alone.
info_outline 5 of my Favorite Teacher Professional Development Books 07/01/2019
5 of my Favorite Teacher Professional Development Books Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a good book! And, call me crazy, but I love reading teacher professional development books. They help me to feel excited and refreshed.
info_outline What is Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass 06/17/2019
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!