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How do I leave my work at school so I can rest and recharge without the teacher guilt? How do I efficiently stay on top of all the planning, prep and grading? How do I train my students to [mostly] self-monitor so I can really teach? How can I create a community of focused learners in my classroom? How can I help my students grow into committed readers and writers? And the biggest question of all, can I REALLY streamline and simplify my literacy instruction while helping students make more t ...
 
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EPISODE 253I Today's guest is Maria Connor of My Author Concierge, a company that provides services like author assistant, project management, and more so that authors have more time to write. Maria shares with us 10 reasons why getting organized will help you, and 6 tips to get your author business more organized today. She also explains how to us…
 
You'd think relaxing over summer break would be easy. But sometimes, it's hard to let go and wind down. Turning our teacher brains "off" in the summer isn't necessarily automatic. But, getting some simple items under control or even just started can help you let the rest go and truly rest and recharge over the summer. Listen in! [and don't forget t…
 
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. It's ESSENTIAL. So I've got just one more task for you before you check out for the summer. This task is not difficult, won't take much time, and is essential in order for you to n…
 
EPISODE 252I Today's guest is autistic biohacker, Jackie McMillan, chatting with us about how the lymph system in our bodies affects our ability to be creative. Jackie shares a lot of ways we can help our bodies to help our minds, helping our lymph system to carry away the waste and deliver the nutrients we need to be at the top of our game. This i…
 
EPISODE 251E Some days it's hard to remember that it's perfectly okay to disagree...and that we can do so without having an argument or causing a rift. Today I want to encourage you to be willing to say, this just isn't working for me...and then calmly and kindly move on with your life.By WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast: Write a Book
 
It's tempting, this year more than ever, to load students up with assignments for the summer to prevent the dreaded "summer slide". Don't go there! However, you can help families walk the line between giving their kids a much-needed break from school and keeping the learning going this summer. Find out: How to help families grow readers without set…
 
EPISODE 250I Welcome to the 250th episode of the show! Today's guest is Jody Hedlund, author of the new Come Back to Me, a time crossing historical romance. Jody tells us a little about her new series and then jumps into how she creates buzz for her books. Her ideas will work for both traditionally published authors and indie authors, and many will…
 
I say it all the time...self-care is essential and having an exercise routine is one form of self-care. Taking care of YOU is the foundation for becoming a joyful teacher and effective teacher. Today's guest is Ann Wiegmann Stafford, aka Fit Teacher Momma, who has a unique [and free] solution she created to help herself and other teachers stay fit,…
 
EPISODE 249I Today's guest is Ann Kroeker, writing coach, author, speaker and podcaster. Together we explore what it means to work with a writing coach. How do you know if you need a writing coach and, more importantly, how do you know if you're ready? We discuss all the types of people you might work with to improve your writing, the different way…
 
EPISODE 248T I have been saying since the beginning of this podcast 3 1/2 years ago that I believe YOU can write a book and change the world. Today I talk about how to finish your book. The three most important things you need are time to write, the mindset to get started and keep going, and the structure for the kind of book you want to write. I s…
 
Do your families struggle to support their child's literacy at home? Is weeding out the best books out of the sea of books exhausting? Help is here! You know literacy is my passion, and in today's episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with a kindred soul. Today's guest is Jodie Rodriguez from Growing Book By Book. Her focus is on what really matt…
 
Teaching writing and helping students improve their writing doesn't have to be hard... Sometimes we make things more difficult than they have to be, don's we?! Teaching writing is no exception! In case you haven't guessed, today's episode is all about teaching writing and some simple things you can do to help improve your students' writing. Find ou…
 
EPISODE 247I Today's guest is literary agent Cynthia Ruchti of Books & Such Literary Management. You may remember Cynthia from Episode 240 when she spoke to us about writing with deep emotion. Cynthia gives us a great bird's eye view of what agents do and don't do, how that will differ among agencies, and things for you to consider in order to know…
 
EPISODE 246I Today's guest is former stealth pilot and award-winning novelist, James R Hannibal. His latest novel, The Paris Betrayal, is a spy left out in the cold story so we decided to talk about exactly how to write a spy novel! You'll have a great time listening to James explain how to create a great spy story! Learn more about him and his boo…
 
Are you worn to the bone with playground disputes? Here's help. Today's episode is all about …recess and how to train your STUDENTS to not only problems solve with diplomacy but to be proactive in avoiding problems by setting up rules of play BEFORE starting a game. Find out: How to train students to establish rules BEFORE playing. How to explain t…
 
EPISODE 245E Spider-man is one of my favorite superheroes -- a regular guy with an unexpected and ginormous change in his life tries to figure out how to make the best of it. He's a good guy, although not perfect. He makes mistakes but mostly he's trying to figure out how to use his gifts in the best way, how to help other people, and he's also inc…
 
EPISODE 244I Today's guest is Dr Debra Holland, award-winning romance author as well as psychotherapist and grief counselor. Dr Debra taught an online class for our Romance Writers of America chapter once called "Understanding Men." It was so helpful, I've never forgotten it -- and I asked if we could talk about it on the show. With humor and insig…
 
As a mom, I make mistakes every single day – big ones, small ones, and in-between ones. It’s unavoidable. Today's episode is all about mistakes. Seriously! We talk about mistakes, personal reflection, and how important they both are for our students and our own kids' growth. But... do we own our mistakes and consciously learn from them in the same …
 
I’ve found that sometimes we’re making the classroom management problems worse without even knowing it! Having trouble with classroom management? Have you ever regretted your decisions when students misbehave in your classroom? I have to say, I have. Managing a whole classroom full of kids, all the personalities that go with them, and all the emoti…
 
Are you sick of calling on students who have no clue how to answer the questions you're asking? Tired of trying to get your students really to participate in class discussions? We've all experienced it - students who simply don't participate unless we call on them. And even then...their answers are often lacking in quality and/or understanding. If …
 
Raise your hand if you have students that have never [or rarely] been read to at home. Well...I'm raising my hand right along with you! In this episode, I talk about how to use classroom reading time to grow readers even when their homes are devoid of books and reading. Yes, you really can help make up for a lot of what your students are missing ou…
 
EPISODE 243E HAPPY EASTER!! This month's Encouraging Words episode focuses on taking time to find renewal in your life and in your writing. It's important to take time to pause and think about whether we're still headed in the direction we meant to go. Things have changed a lot for everyone this past year. Is there anything we need to do to smooth …
 
EPISODE 242I Today's guest is best-selling and award-winning author Irene Hannon. We're talking about the latest book in her Hope Harbor series, Blackberry Beach, which releases April 6, 2021, with more books in the series coming. Irene shares about standing at the fork in the road when she had to decide between pursuing psychology and something in…
 
From my experience, I KNOW teaching phonics will set your students up for long-term reading success. I could throw a ton of solid research at you, but I won't. Just know this...84% of our words in the English language follow predictable rules. And research done in 1983 confirmed once again that only 24% of our words can be predicted through context…
 
EPISODE 241I Today's guest is Ricardo Fayet, one of the founders of Reedsy, a one-stop shop for writers. At Reedsy, authors can find editors, book cover designers, marketers and more to help with the business of publishing a great book. Writers can also use the Reedsy Book Editor, and learn a ton from the blog, Reedsy Live (live webinars), and Reed…
 
Teaching students to write procedural texts is easy, right?! I know it seems like just writing down a bunch of steps, but there's so much more to it! This type of writing first requires students to: understand the procedure for what they are going to write about [a recipe, an experiment, directions...] break that procedure down into steps get the s…
 
EPISODE 240I Today's guest is author and literary agent, Cynthia Ruchti. Her newest book, Facing the Dawn, has just come out with Revell. With over 30 years' experience on radio, Cynthia learned to write for the ear, how a passage sounds, and that experience shines through in her novels. She encourages listeners to think about how very many ways th…
 
EPISODE 239I Today's guest is Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of the brand new Dreams Rekindled, book two in the Mesquite Springs series. Amanda has strong feelings about goal, motivation, and conflict (GMC) and choosing the internal and external conflict of her main characters. Don't like to think of all the ways you can make your hero's life wor…
 
EPISODE 238E Not only should we "give it up for our writing" as in applaud and cheer, but sometimes we need to make choices about what we're going to give up in order to get more writing done. What are you willing to spend a little less time on in order to move your writing business another step forward? I gave up TV 6 days a week for Lent, and wow…
 
EPISODE 237I Today's guest is the wonderful Lisa Cron sharing with us about her new book, Story or Die: How to Use Brain Science to Engage, Persuade, and Change Minds in Business and in Life. While Lisa's previous books, Wired For Story and Story Genius, were aimed more at writers, Story or Die is for everyone who is trying to understand someone el…
 
Are your busy? Overwhelmed? Burnt out? I get it! In fact, I was just there last week. Teacher lives are busier than ever before and as we head into the end of the year, things just seem to speed up, don't they?! Overwhelm, exhaustion and just general burnout are rampant. Maybe you’re even there right now, friends. If you are, I'm so sorry to hear t…
 
EPISODE 236I Today's guest is John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting music fame. In addition to writing and performing music, John is also an inspirational speaker. John shares with us how he views art and creativity, how he gets out of a funk, and the importance of doing things you love. He encourages us to find new creative challenges in addition to …
 
EPISODE 235I Today's guest is Jill Cruz, a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist and the founder of Work with Your Nature Weight Loss. I asked Jill to help us understand how we can be more creative in our work and keep up our good health even though most of us sit in front of a computer all day. She explained what some call the five pillars of healt…
 
Did you know…a student's phonic awareness skill is the BEST predictor of reading readiness and future reading development? So what is phonemic awareness? Phonemic awareness is…the ability to hear, differentiate and flexibly manipulate units of sound in spoken language. That means skills like rhyming, separating sounds, blending sounds, substituting…
 
EPISODE 234I Today's guest is Jennifer Deibel, whose debut novel, A Dance in Donegal, just came out! Jennifer tells us about life as a debut author, and how she started writing. She lived in Ireland at the time, and felt she'd finally found her heart there. That made her want to write about Ireland in a real way, not how it's portrayed in some movi…
 
EPISODE 233I Since it's barely past the beginning of the year, I figure some people are having challenges in getting back into their writing on a regular basis. I know I've had some challenges trying to get my head out of vacation mode! So I came up with some ideas that might help you. I took my own advice and got a little more writing done this we…
 
Is teaching with mentor texts really worth the effort? Yes! And...today's episode of the Teach Joyfully Podcast will help you maximize your efforts. Mentors texts are essential tools for well-planned, effective literacy lessons. Bold words, I know! I stand behind them. From experience, I know you can you use one mentor text in numerous ways over th…
 
EPISODE 232 Today's guest is Patricia Bradley, romantic suspense author of the brand new book, Obsession. This is book two in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. Patricia shares lots of information about the Natchez Trace area, the kind of law enforcement in the U.S. National Parks, and how she came up with ideas for where the bad guys can bury …
 
EPISODE 231I Welcome to season one of 2021! We'll now produce ten episodes every quarter, plus the monthly Encouraging Words episode. With the extra time, we're able to make some improvements to the show -- including a full transcript for each episode. Enjoy! Today's guest is Ben Hughes, Business Development Manager at IngramSpark. Ben has a long h…
 
Let’s revisit the topic of student success from the expectations side of the equation. WHAT we teach is definitely a big part of student success but if that's all there was to it, most students across our nations would have already been successful. But as every teacher knows, teaching and student success are not that simple. There's actually a coup…
 
EPISODE 230E Today's short episode is packed with encouragement for your new year! Taken directly from the fabulous T-shirt I received when I attended Mirasee's Teach Your Gift conference last month: Dream Big! Don't Give Up! Reach Beyond Your Comfort Zone! Teach Your Gift! This January, more than ever, is a great time to rethink what you're doing …
 
EPISODE 229I Today's guest is story coach Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story and Story Genius, returning to the show to talk about editing your first draft and why NaNoWriMo is not the best way to write your story. Lisa is known for approaching story through brain science, helping writers craft stories that will impact readers. Her new book comes…
 
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 viewp…
 
EPISODE 228I Today's guest is Ally Machate, professional editor, expert publishing consultant, and founder of The Writer's Ally. Ally shares the steps on what to do after you finish the first draft. First -- put it away! Don't look at it for at least a week. Then you can come back to it with fresh eyes. Next, read it all the way through and make no…
 
EPISODE 227I Today's guest is agent Julie Gwinn from The Seymour Agency. With a decade in publishing and another two in marketing, she has a great perspective on what moves an author's career forward. Julie gives us lots of great advice about how to get from the end of a first draft to a published book. We talk about how to create your best chances…
 
EPISODE 226I In the second of five episodes all about editing, debut author Elysia Whisler and her agent Sara Megibow join us to discuss all of the aspects of editing from the author to the agent to the editor at the publishing house. Elysia tells us about her writing journey, and how Rescue You became her first published novel (although it's not t…
 
EPISODE 225E In our final Encouraging Words episode of the year, we talk about making a list of everything that has gone right this year, all the positives. Set a timer for two minutes and see how many things you can list! This is also a great time of year to not only make a list of what went well, but also to journal about your dreams (things you …
 
Let’s talk about how we teach sight words. There are two camps with sight words – teach them and don’t. I’m just going to jump right in and tell you – I’m in the teach them camp. Yes, there are many sight words your students can figure out. But there are just as many students that they can’t. Most sight words and their spellings don’t make sense to…
 
EPISODE 224I Today's guest is Jennie Nash, founder and CEO of Author Accelerator. Her book coaching clients have landed six-figure book deals with Big 5 publishing houses, so I asked her to come share with us her best tips for editing your book. This is the first of five episodes this month all on this one topic! Jennie starts with explaining the k…
 
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