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 3 Masterclass Success Stories 06/29/2020
3 Masterclass Success Stories Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! I am back this week with a new exciting episode. We had a Facebook live party this week and I invited some Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass Alumni to share their stories. In today’s episode we’re going to meet Dixie, BJ and Karen, and they’re sharing how they felt before and after the Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass last year. We’re going to dive in to see what they’re teaching their students now and how excited they are for you to have the opportunity to take this class now. We might even have a surprise if you listen until the end! We want to support teachers and help them prepare for the unknown year in teaching ahead. In this episode: Live conversations with Masterclass Alumni Dixie’s growth journey as a writing teacher BJ’s story of going from overwhelmed & overworked to getting her weekends back Karen’s experience of turning non-user friendly curriculum into simple & effective teaching Favorite writing teacher tips Alumni are using today Surprise announcement!! Registration closes on July 2nd, so make sure you sign up! Don’t miss it or you’ll have to wait until next year! Join the thousands of teachers who are loving the Not So Wimpy Masterclass today! Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily! Head to Apple Podcasts to leave a review.
info_outline How to Become a Not So Wimpy Writing Teacher 06/23/2020
How to Become a Not So Wimpy Writing Teacher Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! This episode is different from what you are used to — I’m popping in to invite you to something super special! I’ve been waiting a WHOLE YEAR for this moment! Let me start by asking you a question: Do your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students struggle with writing? Don’t feel bad, most students struggle with writing. The good news is that implementing a simple yet effective writing workshop can totally change the game. By the end of your writing workshop, students will be begging you for more writing time! In this episode I talk about: The Masterclass that has helped over 3,000 teachers flip the script on teaching writing The practical, actionable, and fun strategies that fill the Not So Wimpy Masterclass How we’re specializing in 2nd-5th grades to make writing fun and effective for teachers AND students How you can earn a 10-Hour Professional Development Certificate The Not So Wimpy Masterclass will walk you through how to become a successful writing teacher who inspires students and transforms them into powerful writers. My team has a collective of 35 years of education experience, and we’ve put everything we know into this course to help you succeed. Want to know some of the key elements this Masterclass includes? TONS of videos to help you learn to teach different procedures. An actionable course workbook, rubrics, and printables to make your life easier! A 10-Hour Professional Development Certificate 4 Incredible Bonuses: A members-only Facebook Group, Weekly Live Q&A with me, a Bonus Module for Video Writing Skills, and a Lesson Demonstration Video. Join the thousands of teachers who are loving the Not So Wimpy Masterclass today! 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!
info_outline 5 Ways to Excite Reluctant Writers 06/15/2020
5 Ways to Excite Reluctant Writers Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! We’re getting close to the end of this series on teaching writing. This week we’re going to talk about ways to excite your reluctant writers. You know the ones I am talking about. They don’t have any ideas, they don’t want to try, and they get “done” really fast. These are the students we want to help teach with these five strategies to excite reluctant writers. Our goal is to create a positive experience around writing and build the confidence in your little writers. In this episode I talk about: Letting your writers choose their writing utensils, it’s more fun to write with a fun pencil, pen or marker Letting your writers choose their topic, let them use their imagination Give your students clear, daily writing tasks Give daily opportunities for students to share their writing Create writing celebrations, make this a quarterly event I used to dread teaching writing until I mastered the best way to teach it. Now, it’s my favorite subject and it could be yours, too. Join me for a FREE Live Training called; "Confidently Teach Writing Mini Lessons, Even if You Feel Like Your Writing Curriculum is Boring and Your Students Hate Writing.” Join me live for one hour to learn 4 strategies that make writing more enjoyable. Let me teach you how to make your writing curriculum work better for you. Make sure to stay the entire time and you could get a free Poetry Writing Mini Unit, not available on TPT. Anyone who signs up will get a 1-Hour Professional Development Certificate to show to your administration. Sign up here: Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website Follow me on Instagram where I share daily! @notsowimpyteacher
info_outline How To Be A Kick-Butt Writing Teacher Even If You Hate To Write 06/08/2020
How To Be A Kick-Butt Writing Teacher Even If You Hate To Write Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! I am back this week to continue our series on teaching writing. In today’s episode I want to talk about how you can be a kick-butt writing teacher, even if you hate to write. I want you to become more confident when teaching writing. Let’s dive in! In this episode I talk about: The importance of using mentor text, you don’t have to be their only example Anchor charts will help keep you organized Work with me, sign up for The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass …and so much more! If you’re interested in building your confidence in teaching writing, join me at The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass. It is my online professional writing course for teachers in grades two through five. I will provide you with step-by-step strategies you’ll need to implement a successful writing workshop in your classroom. I want to take you from a place of feeling overwhelmed and anxious to being fully confident as a writing teacher. so you can receive an email message from me about the opening of the course. Mark your calendar for June 22, 2020. This course won’t be back again until June 2021! Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily! Head to Apple Podcasts to leave a review. Waitlist Full URL: https://www.notsowimpyteacher.com/waitlist
info_outline 5 Mistakes Teachers Make When Teaching Writing 06/01/2020
5 Mistakes Teachers Make When Teaching Writing Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! I am back this week to continue our series on teaching writing. In today’s episode, I am sharing about the 5 mistakes I see teachers making when teaching writing. Don’t get me wrong, I have made these same mistakes too, but I’m going to break them down for you so you can become more confident when teaching writing. Let’s dive in! In this episode I talk about: How we unintentionally decrease our student’s love for writing The importance of spending time on revision Less perfection, more celebration ...and so much more! If you’re interested in diving deeper into The Not So Wimpy Writing Process, stay tuned for my upcoming online professional development course. It’s called The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass and in it, I dive deep into the process we talked about in this episode today. The course will only be available for a short time in June so be sure to so you don’t miss out! To take the FREE quiz that I mentioned in this episode head to . 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!
info_outline 3 Ways to Have More Fun Teaching Writing 05/25/2020
3 Ways to Have More Fun Teaching Writing Welcome back to another episode of The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! This week we are continuing on with our series on writing curriculum. I have had so many teachers tell me how much they HATE teaching writing. They don’t feel confident when they teach writing and that makes total sense. As humans, we don’t like doing things that we don’t know how to do or don’t feel confident doing, right? So in today’s episode, I am going to share 3 tips that you can use to make teaching writing more fun for YOU. We always talk about making things fun for our students, but today is all about you. Let’s dive in! In this episode I talk about: How to make teaching writing fun for the teacher, not just the student Giving students a choice Growth over perfection Investing in trainings to become more confident as a writing teacher If you’re interested in diving deeper and want to become a more confident writing teacher, stay tuned for my upcoming online professional development course. It’s called The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass and in it, I dive deep into all of the things we talked about in today’s episode. The course will only be available for a short time in June so be sure to get on the waitlist by heading to so you don’t miss out! 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!
info_outline How to Make Writing Workshop Less Chaotic 05/18/2020
How to Make Writing Workshop Less Chaotic Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! For the past few weeks, I have been talking on the topic of writing curriculum. This week, we are talking about writing workshops, specifically how to make them less chaotic. I’ve heard so many teachers complain about how their writing workshops are a hot mess. I completely understand because I had that issue for a long time until I created The Not So Wimpy Writing Process. If you feel like your writing workshops are a hot mess, this episode is for you. In this episode I talk about: The traditional model of the writing workshop How I took that model and made it my own How The Not So Wimpy Writing Process works The “Extra Stories” How this process is an incredible combination of structure and encouraging independence If you’re interested in diving deeper into The Not So Wimpy Writing Process, stay tuned for my upcoming online professional development course. It’s called The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass and in it, I dive deep into the process we talked about in this episode today. The course will only be available for a short time in June so be sure to head to so you don’t miss out! Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources at and follow me on Instagram where I share daily!
info_outline How to Turn Boring Writing Curriculum into Fun and Engaging Lessons 05/11/2020
How to Turn Boring Writing Curriculum into Fun and Engaging Lessons Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! In today’s episode, we are talking all about how to teach writing to our students in a fun and engaging way. When I talk about teaching writing, I often hear teachers say, “But I HATE my curriculum. It’s so boring.” I totally get it. So in Episode 57, I am going to teach you three strategies that you can use to turn boring curriculum into fun lessons that you AND your students will enjoy. Are you ready? Let’s dive in. In this episode I cover: The truth about writing curriculum The magic of the mini-lesson Steps to preparing a mini-lesson The power of giving students A LOT of choices Daily share time Ready to take this a step further? to get on the waiting list for our upcoming course, the Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass, that will be available in June! For more teacher tips and tricks, head over to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Want to connect outside of the podcast? Give me a follow on I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts on writing curriculum. Will you please take two minutes to leave a review? Reviews are one of the BEST ways to support the podcast because it let’s potential listeners know that there is something worth tuning into. to leave a review. Thank you so much for your support!
info_outline Celebrating Teacher Appreciation 05/04/2020
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation It’s Teacher Appreciation week! I know that things are very different this year, but I wanted you to feel extra spoiled and loved. After all, you are pretty darn amazing! I planned a HUGE week of giveaways, promotions and freebies. I explain it all in this episode. Monday 50% off End of Year Awards 9-10 PST 50% off Math Journals 11-12 PST 50% off Grammar Bundles 1-2 PST Resource Giveaways one hour before each sale! Tuesday 25% off everything in my store Giving away ten $10 TPT gift cards Wednesday 25% off everything in my store Giving away three Not So Wimpy Teacher cups Thursday 20% off everything in my store Giving away twenty $10 TPT gift cards Friday Special freebie for everyone!
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.