#068: How to Get Started and Be Successful on Outschool with Wendy Wawrzyniak

What do quilting, Harry Potter, and the AP Review have in common?  They all are classes students can take on Outschool.


Remember when teaching was less about surface standards and more about in-depth knowledge? Or maybe teaching has always been about standards to you and you WISH you could teach more about certain topics. 

Today's episode is all about becoming a teacher-preneur on Outschool. Lisa chats with Wendy Wawrzyniak, a veteran teacher who has a side business of teaching classes on Outschool. Starting with one one-person class about Napoleon, Wendy now teaches an additional four hours each week in addition to teaching high school history virtually in the public school system. So listen in to find out more about how to get started teaching on Outschool [and the secrets of success]. Don't forget to grab the free Getting Started with Outschool Cheat Sheet in the...

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#067: Micro Schools: One Teacher's Journey with Connie Gatlin

teaching Oct 28, 2021

Whatever you call it, alternative schooling is bigger than ever. From Pod Schools to Micro Schools to Umbrella Schools to Homeschools, the trend toward other educational opportunities is growing in popularity with both parents and teachers.


Curious About Teaching In an Alternative Setting?

Meet Connie Gatlin. As a [profession] and the [business or other], [guest] knows …… Whether she is [list 1-3 things they do], [guest] [benefits they provide to students].  Today, Connie will share …… So listen here to find out more about teaching on your own terms, without all the red tape, and having all the control to teach the way you KNOW works. 

Listen in.

In this episode, you will learn:
  • What Micro Schools or Pod Schools are.
  • How they work.
  • Are they realistic ways of teaching?
  • How to get started.
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048: What You Need to Do NOW to Get Ready for Back-to-School Next Year

I have a love-hate relationship with to-do lists. Seriously. While I love a good list, I'm picky about them. I don't do just any old list. I only do manageable, REALISTIC lists. Yup, those actually exist and we can control them even when it's that back-to-school "monster" list.


That back-to-school to-do list is probably already out of control. Here's how you can get that monster reined in and gain peace so you can rest and recharge this summer. And we all know...your summer teacher self-care is ESSENTIAL. 

In today's episode, I am going to give you just one more task before you check out for the summer. I know, I know.  You could not possibly be more "done". I get it. However, this task is not difficult, won't take much time, and it really is essential in order for you to not be the overwhelmed teacher at back-to-school time. You WILL thank me when the...

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#032: Simple Steps You Can Take Toward Becoming a More Joyful Teacher, Friend and Colleague

self care teaching Dec 24, 2020


What better time of year to begin thinking about becoming more joyful is there than Christmastime?

You're probably heard a ton about how gratitude and practicing gratitude regularly can make you a happier person. But I'm not talking about happy. Happy is fleeting and sits on the surface of our lives. Joy is deeper. It's a state of being and a viewpoint for life. Did you know... we can be joyful even in the midst of not so great situations? The RIGHT kind of gratitude practice can help you do that. It's a just a couple of simple steps and a whole lot of practice away. Listen in here to find out more.

In this episode, find out:
  • How simple it is to develop a grateful [and joyful] heart.
  • The essential step that most people leave out of their gratitude practice.
  • How simple it is to get started.

If you commit to this, you'll be known as the Joyful Teacher at your school [and then you can teach your students the secret too]. 

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#027: My Essential Resources For Teaching Math In Person and Online

math teaching Oct 23, 2020


So let's chat about [COVID approved] essentials I provide my students with for math both at home and in person.

Manipulatives for math in at the elementary level are essential, in my opinion. Why? Well, brain research tells us that the more senses we can engage in learning something new the better we retain the learning. Manipulatives do this for our students.

In our online environment, we have access to online manipulatives. It's a great option many times. Students find them to be engaging and fun. There is a problem though. We lose the tactile and sensory experience along the way. That's a big loss! I try for a good mix of both online and physical activities for students. This takes advantage of the convenience and game like experience of online while still giving students the opportunity to experience and embed their learning deeper with physical manipulatives as well. Listen in here.

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#026: Takeaways and Tips for Teaching Online Sustainably in the Elementary Grades

k-5 teaching Oct 08, 2020


Are you teaching online, in person or both this year? I'm doing both, but teaching online is a whole different animal than teaching in a physical classroom.

I don't care what anyone else says, teaching online effectively is HARD. Just like teaching in a physical classroom, there isn't a one size fits all solution for effectively teaching online. Sometimes we just want a formula, and then it would be so much easier! Right?! Well... maybe.

However, I've found there are some things you can do that will make things a bit easier. In this episode, I have a few ideas for you from my own struggles. While I have tons more ideas and tips, I didn't want to add to the overwhelm. So today... I'll just get you started.

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In this episode, find out:
  • How to help families reduce the overwhelm and stay organized so more students get their work done on time.
  • How to simplify...
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#025: How to Teach K-5 Students to Use Text Evidence as They Read

literacy teaching Sep 17, 2020
Learning to use the evidence in a text to understand the text in a deeper way is an essential skill that all students K-5 can learn at their own level.


I know that is a bold statement, but I'm not afraid to be bold when I know I'm right. Textual analysis is something I have successfully taught at every grade level, so I know it can be done in simple, do-able ways.

Analyzing a text for better comprehension and to use evidence when talking about their reading is something I have taught even kindergarteners. Yes, you read that right. I know that seems really huge, even in 5th grade much less in kindergarten. But in the elementary grades it's not only something your students can do, it's not something we can ignore. And... it can be done orally during your read aloud. Listen in to find out how.

I think using evidence is a really important skill. Learning to look for and use evidence from their reading sets kids...

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#021: 18 Not So Secret Rules of Highly Successful Teachers

organization teaching Aug 20, 2020
Do you ever wonder why some teachers just seem to thrive and be joyful every year and others struggle?

Well...today I'm sharing 18 rules to live by that will make your year so much better!

You can listen to this episode here.

These not so secret rules are not the only ones great teachers live by, but I've found them to be the most commonly occurring. Most teachers who live by these rules probably don't even consciously know they are doing so. Others many have made a conscious effort create these habits [and you can too].

These rules will not come as a shock to you, but hopefully they'll help you focus on what's important and let go of the rest.

Here's a peek at some of the topics they cover:
  • Self Care
  • Budgeting
  • Feedback
  • Goals
  • Planning
  • and more...

Click here to listen. Just a reminder: Don't forget to check out all the links and freebies below.

You've got this!


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#017: Side Hustles for Teachers - Teaching with Outschool

teaching Jul 23, 2020
Imagine being in control of your curriculum, teaching the way you KNOW works and working on your schedule. 

Sounds impossible, right?! It's completely possible with Outschool.

Have you heard about it? Well on this week's episode, I take a minute to talk you though this teaching option.

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Teaching with Outschool is REAL. I know many teachers who have moved to this platform and have had great success generating an income and having fun doing it.

It sounds too good to be true, but it's not.

To tell you the truth, Outschool will not be for everyone. But as I find viable, reliable options for teachers looking to make a change but still teach, I definitely want to share them. I'm all about informed decision making and each of teacher finding the BEST situation for them. As we all know...a HAPPY teacher is a GOOD teacher!

Even if it's not for you...

I bet, my friend, that you know someone who needs to work from home and either may not have that...

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#013: 3 Tools You Need to Teach Effectively in an Ever Changing Environment

teaching tools Jun 25, 2020
Are you ready for back-to-school and the ever changing school models that can switch on you at any time?

As you know I'm committed to helping teachers simplify and streamline in ways that save time, create engagement, are cost effective and make sense in the day to day of real teaching in the elementary classroom. So, today's episode is all about 3 tools I think every teacher needs, especially in our current, ever changing school environment. 

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Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:
  • 3 tools you'll need and why.
  • The features and benefits of each tool.
  • How you can use them for free.
  • Ways to use the tools to effectively enhance learning and increase engagement.
  • How to get started.

Click here to listen. Need a bit of help getting started? Check out the short tutorial links to for each tool below.

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