Angela Watson

pro-active with parents

“Go the extra mile for families, but don’t take forever to get there” is the title of a chapter in my latest book, Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What. Today,  I want to share with you some ideas from that chapter about being pro-active with your students’ parents. With some parents, […]

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math talk cards and posters

It’s fairly simple to get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies during whole-class strategizing sessions, small group modeling, and one-on-one practice. We as teachers just memorize the leading questions (How do you know? Can you prove your answer? What’s another way to solve?) and we have lots of go-to phrases that help us push […]

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Classroom with black chalkboard, educational alphabet and numbers

August and September are very expensive months for educators as we try to navigate all the back-to-school advertisements. Often we need to buy basic supplies like pencils and paper for our students. We see adorable decorations on Pinterest that we need to buy craft supplies for. We see awesome books we need to purchase, both for […]

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bloomz

Keeping all of your students’ parents in the loop is no easy task. There are unsigned forms to track, forgotten requests for volunteers, and phone calls about student progress to return. Not to mention that parent contact comprises so many different avenues of communication: we have to stay on top of calls, notes, email, voicemail, and more. The ideal solution? […]

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Teaching procedures is much less tiring when you Identify and change these 7 beliefs

The beginning of the school year is super exhausting because our days are filled with teaching students our expectations for every. single. thing. We have to teach them how we want them to head their papers, line up, keep their desks organized, solve conflicts with their peers, and so on. It’s a lot. In fact, […]

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back to school anxiety

Have the back-to-school nightmares started for you yet? Oh what, you thought it was just YOU that tosses and turns all night long, dipping in and out of dreams that feature you managing 165 kids in one classroom, or finding out you got moved to a new grade level in the middle of the first […]

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teach growth mindset from day one of school

Imagine if your new class this fall was full of students who would: Be willing to try new things Stick with hard tasks and not give up Push themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough” Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn Here’s the great news–these are traits that […]

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podcasts for teachers

I started my Truth For Teachers podcast in January, and since then, I’ve heard from dozens of educators who are now hooked on the format and are anxious to find other great education podcasts to follow. That makes me so happy! As I wrote in my post PodcastPD: What You’re Missing If You’re Not Listening, podcasts […]

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6 tips for encouraging students

Have you gotten in a rut of using the same phrases over and over to encourage students? Repeatedly saying “You did great!” can cause the sentiment to lose its effectiveness over time and even start to sound insincere. And relying only on praise like “You’re so smart!” can cause kids to attribute their success to innate […]

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We

I’ve spent the last 4 days at ISTE surrounded by 21,000 incredibly passionate educators. I’ve learned more about makerspaces, genius hour, flipped learning, STEM, STEAM, BYOD, PLCs, project-based learning, game-based learning, differentiated learning, personalized learning, and approximately 4,752 different apps and web tools to make it all possible. And when I reflect back on big […]

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Join Jimmy Casas, Krysta DeBoer, Hope King, and Amber Teamann as they share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into schools that have reflected carefully on school culture and created systems that work. Learn practical, actionable tips for supporting kids and colleagues, winning over negative co-workers, creating change in toxic school environments even when no one else is supporting you, and more.

BONUS extended episode! Join Jimmy Casas, Krysta DeBoer, Hope King, and Amber Teamann as they share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into schools that have reflected carefully on school culture and created systems that work. Learn practical, actionable tips for supporting kids and colleagues, winning over negative co-workers, creating change in toxic school environments even when no one else is […]

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getting-started-with-UbD

Understanding by Design (UbD) is a powerful but potentially daunting approach to planning curriculum. I’ve invited Jennifer Martinez, of everything just so, to share how she went from dreading UbD to allowing it to transform teaching and learning in her classroom. Jennifer, who’s from Columbus, Ohio, taught for nine years and spent a year writing curriculum for the NEA Master […]

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Join us for the Unshakeable summer book club! We

There are three awesome online professional development events for teachers happening in July! I’m participating in all three and hope you’ll join in either the summer teaching conference and/or the summer teacher book clubs. They’re going to be a terrific way to connect with other inspiring educators, learn new ideas, and get motivated for the fall. […]

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truth for teachers season 1 wrap up

EP 24: In the final regular episode of Truth for Teachers until season 2 begins in August, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my first five months of podcasting. I’ll share which episodes resonated most with listeners (and which ones didn’t), my plans for changing the podcast in the fall, and an idea for some bonus extended episodes I’d […]

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overcoming special education stigmas

I’ve invited Nashima Harvey to share some tips for helping teachers remove the stigma from special education through building positive relationships with students and families. Nashima is a New Jersey certified educator with over 20 years experience working with kids and families. She’s the founder of the Little Green House LLC, global awareness learning collective that helps build a bridge of 21st Century learning […]

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how to share your teaching expertise and get paid for it

EP 23: Looking to earn extra money this summer? Why not create long-term passive income for yourself through sharing your teaching ideas! In this episode, you’ll learn how you can establish yourself as an expert in the education field and start getting paid for your teaching ideas and resources. Explore different possibilities that can help you not only earn […]

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8 ways to redirect off-task behavior without stopping your lesson

Do you continually have to stop your lessons because of one or two off-task or disruptive students? Are you frustrated because the kids who don’t want to learn are continually interrupting the ones who do? Here are 8 ways to redirect off-task behavior without interrupting your lesson or allowing your entire lesson to be derailed. 1.  Use fewer words […]

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use summer to re-energize

EP22: Summer break always goes by quicker than we imagined, leaving a long list of tasks undone. Learn how to create time for the things that matter most to you in life, and schedule in activities that are energizing for you as a person and as a teacher. This post is based on the latest […]

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Truth for Teachers podcast: a weekly 10 minute talk radio show you can download and take with you wherever you go! A new episode is released each Sunday to get you energized and motivated for the week ahead.

I’ve probably said a thousand times how much podcasts have been inspiring and motivating me over this past year and a half. I know some of you are not totally sold yet on the idea of an online talk radio program that you can download and take wherever you go. With my Truth for Teachers podcast, many of […]

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how to keep from giving up on apathetic students

EP21: You can’t lose sleep over disengaged students, but you can’t give up on them, either. In this episode, I’ll share how to overcome the feeling of powerlessness that comes from working with unmotivated students, and break free from the trap of trying to nag and shame them into working harder. Learn where to focus […]

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