Angela Watson

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Listening comprehension is essential in building strong literacy skills, but it can be difficult and time-consuming for teachers to find engaging and relevant non-fiction stories for students. Listenwise is a fantastic solution. It’s a website/subscription service that uses real world podcasts, public radio stories, and other authentic listening materials to help you create standards-aligned lessons in a […]

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Overcoming decision paralysis: how to make better choices more quickly

We have a paralyzing number of choices in our culture today. Just picking a loaf of bread to buy at the grocery store can be a five-minute process that leaves you feeling mentally drained and annoyed by all the different factors you have to weigh for something that seems like it would be so simple. […]

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ClassTag

I’ve been a big fan of using ClassTag to simplify the way you communicate with families (you can read my review of the free app here). Today I’ve invited Danielle, a first grade teacher in New York City, to share how ClassTag has made things easier for her AND her students’ parents. Thank you, Danielle, for telling us […]

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I wrote an article called Classroom clutter–what to keep and what to toss awhile back, in which I told the story of how for my first six years in the classroom, I refused to throw anything out because I might need it one day. I remember washing every plastic container that came into my household; empty butter […]

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5 back to school time traps and how to escape them

At this time of year, your to-do list is going to be a mile long, and you’re going to be working a lot of hours trying to get good systems in place for your new group of students. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done and exhausted not only by […]

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4 ways teachers can save money on school supplies at Staples

There’s nothing like fresh school supplies for the classroom to get you excited about the new school year. However, a limited budget can sometimes dampen your spirits a little. The good thing is that Staples, one of the largest office supplies chains in the country, understands this dilemma and offers four ways for teachers to save money while refreshing […]

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teacher planner

I see questions about the best teacher planner asked approximately 3,427 times a day in July and August, so I thought I’d share a system that seems to work well for many teachers. This post is not sponsored and is my completely unbiased opinion, based upon my own research and the experiences of hundreds of […]

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Brittany Washburn Classroom Management Cover

It can be challenging for those who teach art, music, P.E., and other “specials” to maintain good communication with students’ classroom/homeroom teachers. In the spring, I published a post/podcast episode called 6 Ways to Prevent Your Students From Misbehaving for Other Teachers, which was designed to help classroom teachers bridge the communication gap.  Today I’ve invited […]

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Low-cost graduate courses & continuing education credits for teachers

Looking to renew your teaching license but can’t handle the time commitment or cost? Teacher’s Learning Center (TLC) might be the solution for you. Busy teachers can now complete courses for license renewal and pay scale increase at their own pace (and at affordable price). Teacher’s Learning Center (TLC) offers accredited graduate courses that cover a wide variety […]

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Join the Unshakeable book club July 17-August 5th

When: July 17th-August 5th Where: Online via a private, closed Facebook group Cost: Free This is an online book club for my latest book, Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What. We’ll be exploring 20 ways to enjoy teaching every day, no matter what. It’s a great way to get yourself excited and motivated for the new […]

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Summer Secrets Training

I’ve been running my free webinar this week, 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress-Free Fall, and throughout the various sessions, over 4,000 teachers have attended! I’d never done live webinars before, and really enjoyed being able to connect with participants in real time. I definitely plan to do more live classes on other topics! One teacher […]

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Office desk table with supplies, coffee cup and flower. Top view with copy space

The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club opened for the first time late last year, and what an amazing couple of months it’s been! This project has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever created for supporting teachers, because I can’t imagine anything better than more time and more energy for the things that are really important in life. The […]

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Office desk table with computer, supplies, coffee cup and flower. Top view with copy space

Some teachers have no problem disconnecting from work over the summer and truly giving themselves a break. (Enjoy! Your time off is incredibly short, and you’ve earned it.) But other teachers struggle to turn off their “teacher brains” and feel like the countdown clock for back-to-school is always ticking in their minds. It can be […]

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the secret to effective classroom management

We all know that building rapport is critical for strong classroom management. But how exactly do you DO that? Today, I’ve invited teacher Richard James Rogers (author of The Quick Guide to Classroom Management: 45 Secrets That All High School Teachers Need to Know) to share strategies and examples from real classrooms.  Have you ever noticed that […]

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Kiddom- an easier way to manage standards-based grading

More and more schools are moving toward standards-based grading to get a fuller picture of what students truly know and are able to do. Standards-based grading shows a student’s progress in relation to a set of learning standards, highlighting strengths as well as areas that need improvement. (You can learn more about standards-based grading and download a free […]

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6 ways to support worried, anxious students

Doesn’t your heart go out to those kids who are perpetually anxious? We all have students who have social anxieties or worry excessively about test pressure and their performance in school. Today, I’ve invited Anne-Marie Morey, a board-certified educational therapist, to share some strategies for helping these students. In her private practice in San Mateo, […]

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I’m hosting three awesome online professional development events for teachers that are kicking off this summer! I hope you’ll join us in either The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club (which is a one year program beginning in July) or the summer teacher book clubs. They’re all going to be a terrific way to connect with other inspiring educators, learn […]

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6 simple steps to the best summer ever

The stereotype of a teacher sitting by the pool sipping margaritas is pretty far from reality for most educators. Summertime for most of us includes second jobs, professional development trainings, and all those household tasks that didn’t get done during the school year. How can you get everything done AND have time for rest and […]

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a free virtual field trip to teach about renewable energy

Our need for energy is undeniable–we use it to fuel our cars, start our computers and mobile devices, power the lights and other household appliances in our homes, and of course, to power our classrooms! The problem that looms ahead of us is this: How can we supply our growing need for energy without harming […]

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I had the honor of presenting at TeachersPayTeachers’ 10 year anniversary event at their office in Manhattan this past Saturday. Since the theme was 10 Years of Inspired Teaching, my session topic was on how to maintain a growth mindset in order to stay inspired. Let’s face it: by this point in the school year, everyone […]

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