Angela Watson

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

REMINDER: The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is starting this weekend! If you’re feeling overwhelmed because the job is never really DONE, I hope you’ll join us in setting priorities and creating boundaries around your time. You’ll learn how to trim 3, 5, or even 10+ hours off your workweek. A teacher named Kerri recently emailed […]


classroom makerspaces

Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? How can you find out what they’re learning? How do you make time for that with all the […]

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how to prioritize teaching tasks when everything seems urgent

I believe it’s possible to be a great teacher while still having a great personal life. But that requires knowing how to figure out what’s most important, do it well, and let go of the rest. Prioritizing tasks is the foundation of using your time effectively and working more efficiently. Here are 7 strategies to help you do that. […]


fire prevention month

October is National Fire Prevention Month, and I’ve partnered with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to share some wonderful free resources you can use to help you integrate fire safety procedures into your instruction. Sparky’s Brain Busters App (Featuring Multi-Player & Classroom Modes) One of the newest resources from the NFPA is their free mobile app, Sparky’s Brain Busters. iPhone users […]


Can a teacher work a 40-hour week and do a good job?

Whenever I mention a 40-hour workweek for teachers, people tend to have one of two objections. Either they think it’s not possible, or they think it’s not aspirational—that you can’t do a good job in 40 hours a week, so you shouldn’t even try to attempt that as a teacher. I believe that a 40-hour […]


Follett’s Lightbox finds approaches to learning for all teaching styles.

Mitch Coulter is here today to share how Follett’s new Lightbox tool can you help adapt your instruction for students’ learning styles AND your own unique teaching style. Follett is a long-time supporter and sponsor of The Cornerstone, and I’m proud to help spread the word about this new tool they’ve released.    One of my favorite […]


getting real about grit

“Grit” is a huge buzzword right now that’s used to refer to perseverance and resilience. Many schools are rushing to adopt grit curriculums and character education programs so they can teach their students about how to put in the effort and determination that’s needed in order to be successful. But here’s the thing about grit. […]

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Excellent tips for improving rubrics--why didn

I’m always in search of simple, time-saving rubrics that make it easier for kids to understand how they’re being assessed. Today, I’ve invited middle school principal and former Language Arts teacher Dennis Kafalas to share some awesome strategies he’s developed for making your rubrics easier to use AND higher quality. Thank you, Dennis! Correcting student work with a rubric […]


positivity and innovation alienating coworkers

A Truth for Teachers listener named Deb recently wrote me and said, As I was listening to Dave Burgess’ truth for teachers about collaborating with colleagues who don’t support your creativity, I was thinking about my own situation. I am fortunate to work with 5 other wonderful third grade teachers. The issue we have as a […]


Your votes are in: the 30 most comfortable shoes for teachers

Teaching involves a lot of standing and walking around, and without comfortable shoes (okay, even WITH comfortable shoes), that can be pretty hard on your body. I recently asked my followers on Facebook to share the most comfortable shoes they’ve found for teaching, and got a wide range of responses regarding sneakers/tennis shoes, ballet flats, […]


james sturtevant

This post is based on the latest episode of my weekly podcast, Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers. A podcast is like a free talk radio show you can listen to online, or download and take with you wherever you go. I release a new 10-15 minute episode each Sunday and feature it here on the […]

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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, […]


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 […]


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 […]



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? […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]