#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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#012: How to Effectively Teach Reading and Writing Skills in an Online or Blended Classroom Model

reading teaching Jun 18, 2020
Do you feel like you're fully prepared to teach reading and writing skills in an online or blended classroom model?

While teaching at a workshop this last weekend, I realized what a disservice is being done to teachers who still don't know what kind of teaching they'll be doing in the fall. The uncertainty of not knowing what the school model will be is stressful and exhausting. Teachers are planners. We want to be prepared. However, it feels impossible to be prepared when we don't know what we are preparing for.

Well, I'm here to tell you being prepared is something you can start to do now even if you don't know what the fall will look like. We simply have to have a plan for what to change for each teaching model. So here goes...

New Normal

I believe teaching online or in a blended school model will be the new normal for a large amount of schools around the country. We can't wait around for things to go back "to normal' because they simply won't. So, how do you make...

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#011: Instilling a Love of Reading in Kids and Families with Michelle Dunham

books reading teaching Jun 11, 2020
My guest today is Michelle Dunham from Ruby Reads. She's a mom of 3, a book aficionado, an educator and the creator of Ruby Reads where she supports families and kids by instilling a love for books and reading.

As you know, I'm a book lover and passionate about literacy and teaching students to love books and reading. I first found Michelle and Ruby Reads on Instagram @rubyreadsbooks. If you don't follow her account, do it now! You won't regret it!

We talk about how to simply create a culture of readers and book lovers in your classroom by what you read, how you pair books and the conversations you start with your students. The steps are truly simple. Like anything new, it's not always easy at first, but the more you prep and practice the easier it becomes. It all starts with a love of books, a few paired books and the heart of a teacher. 

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Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:

  • Who is Ruby and the history of that cute little red...
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#010: Using Your Classroom Library to Combat Racism and Create a Positive Classroom Culture

We simply can't let racism go on. People of color should not have to live in fear, worry for their own safety or their loved ones when they are simply going about normal life. 

Eliminating racism is a daunting task. No big, important goal is achieved in a day. While we can't eliminate racism today, we can start or restart our efforts. If we all make a simple 1% change each month in what we do, think, say or in supporting organizations that work to end racism, it will add up to big wins.

Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming, but as teachers, we have an easy place to start - our classroom libraries. 

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Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:

  • Why your classroom library matters.
  • How to make a 1% change that is both powerful and appropriate for our students' age levels.
  • How to begin evaluating what you have in your library already.
  • What types of texts are needed for a well rounded classroom library.
  • Why you need...
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#009: How to Get Your Students from Knowing HOW to Read to Becoming READERS

reading teaching May 29, 2020

Helping students become committed readers is a daunting task, at best. And while there isn't a straight path for each student to follow, there is a method that actually works. Now's the time to start planning changes to your program for the coming year to keep the reading and learning going no matter what school looks like next year.

There are important things we can do as educators that set students up to be come successful readers and committed book lovers. While we don't know exactly which combination of things will be the trigger, we do know what to do to provide the right classroom culture for it to happen.

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Over the years, I've found there are certain things we should be doing to create a culture of readers and certain things we often do that inhibit the process and even have to opposite effect. 

Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:

  • What you should not be doing.
  • How to easily infuse reading and books...
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#007: Your New Back-to-School Plan

organization teaching May 14, 2020

As hard as it is to start thinking about next school year, now’s the time that important conversations are being had in your school and district about what the new normal will look like.

In order to have a voice in those conversations and truly come out better in the fall, you need to start thinking about what next year, ideally, would look like in various situations.

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When your entire school year or even just a good part of it becomes up in the air before school even starts, stress and overwhelm can take over. 

If you truly understand what the new options for school are and have a grasp on what that means in real time for you and your students, you'll be better prepared to be part of the conversation and to plan for whatever model you end up with in your school.

Here's a peek at what else is inside this episode:

  • 3 Possible Teaching Scenarios for next year:

    • Online School
    • Regular Classroom [Modified]
    • Hybrid Model
  • How to prepare to...
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#005: Teaching in Surprising Ways with VIPKid Teacher Loren Deitrich

teaching Apr 30, 2020
Are you looking for a way to make a little extra income? Maybe you'd like to be home with your own kids but still want to do some teaching. Well, this episode is for you!

Teaching gets harder and more complicated every year, so I'm all about having options as a teacher. And once you become a mom, you're faced with all kinds of new challenges. Will you still teach or will you stay home with your kids for a bit? There can be pressure on every side. Everyone's got an opinion on that!  Whether you want to have more time with your kids or you just need more income but teaching isn't something you want to completely give up, there's a flexible option for you.

My guest today is Loren Deitrich, a VIPKid Teacher. She's here to share her journey on how she successfully went from elementary classroom teacher to SAHM [stay at home mom] and teaching English to kids online.

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Our journey as teachers can take some surprising turns and my guest today is no...

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#004 Your New Normal: Balancing Virtual Teaching, Mom Life and Self-Care

So let’s chat today about your new normal. Balancing virtual teaching, self care and, for some of us, mom life.

As we work from home in these trying times, we have to continue to keep up with our work while still managing our own families and home life while figuring out all of the details of this new way of teaching [and taking care of ourselves]. 

Here's a few tips to help you apply what we know about organization, routines and habits to this new life you're living.

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First off, you need and deserve a break. If you aren't giving yourself a mental and physical break every day and week, you are going to wear yourself out and make yourself sick. And that means… you’ll be unable to help anyone else. I know that's not a newsflash, but it needs to be said. We all need to admit it. Working all the time is not sustainable, and working all the time when you're in a stressful situation, is even worse. I know it can feel like...

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FREE Virtual Resources for You and Your Students

As more kitchen tables become classrooms, the need for resources and realistic, educational things to do at home becomes even greater. We can help our students and families supplement and enrich while keeping kids busy after their lessons are done. 


Free online resources for you and your students with [a few] ideas for extending offline. 
Authors, Books, Art, Illustrators + Literacy

Draw LIVE online with Mo Willems daily at 1:00pm EST HERE

- When you're done, extend your drawing with more characters or a setting and write a story to go with your drawing.

Hear Peter Reynolds read aloud LIVE daily at 12:00pm EST on his Facebook page. HERE

- Draw a picture of one character from the story. 

- Hear a story read by a celebrity. Storyline Online  or search for the book you want read aloud on YouTube. It's probably there.

Check out your favorite author's pages online. Here's a few: Dan Gutman   Jan Brett    Dave Pilkey    Rick...

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