Angela Watson

Dr. Leonard Sax’s Truth: What teachers need to know about the gender gap, disengaged boys, and girls in crisis

I recently heard physician, psychologist, and author Dr. Leonard Sax talking on NPR about how our schools are failing boys. I was absolutely fascinated by his insights, and was thrilled when he agreed to be a guest on my Truth for Teachers podcast. Listen in as I chat with Dr. Sax about the challenges boys are […]

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5 of your trickiest teacher co-worker problems solved

Though each school has it’s own unique dynamics between teachers, I’ve discovered that there are a couple common threads between the typical dilemmas. Read on as I address the five of the most common–and most difficult–teacher co-worker problems. Scenario 1: Your coworkers pop over on a daily basis to say, “So, what are we doing […]

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How to start a Girls Who Code free afterschool program in your community

According to LinkedIn, the most in-demand skill for 2017 will be computing. This comes as no surprise since tech jobs have become the highest paid in the US and in other parts of the world. Sadly, despite the rising number of people going into computing, less than a quarter are females…and that number is actually on the decline. With […]

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Marjan Ghara, CEO of a start-up called BiblioNasium, works at the dining room table of her apartment with her daughter Leyli Granmayeh, 10, and son Nader Granmayeh, 12, who perform quality assurance tasks and provide feedback.  BiblioNasium is a kids

Today I’ve invited Marjan Ghara to guest post on the blog to share what she’s experienced through her work with young children and apps. Marjan is the Founder & CEO of Biblionasium.com, the largest and fastest growing digital platform that supports and promotes independent reading for K-8 students. The multiple award-winning COPPA-compliant site helps librarians and teachers […]

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How to undo your classroom management mistakes

I remember volunteering at my church’s Sunday School program many years ago and filling in as the assistant to one of the second grade Sunday School teachers. There were 29 kids in a very tiny, windowless classroom, and we were about to serve them animal crackers and juice. I had prepared 29 little portions plus […]

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Class Creator: An easier, more effective way to determine student class placement

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who should be together? Who HAS to be separated? Which child would do best with this teacher? Which child absolutely can NOT be placed with that teacher? […]

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genius hour

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. The concept for Genius Hour is derived in part from the idea of “20% Time.” This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. […]

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pd credits

There are lots of online options for teachers to get continuing education credits–but how do you know if a site is a legitimate? When CE Credits Online reached out for help in promoting their courses, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take a thorough look at the availability and types of courses, user […]

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The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club

The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club provides professional development on productivity to educators who want to focus on what REALLY matters, both in and outside of the classroom. Thousands of teachers have already starting trimming hours off their workweek by getting organized, streamlining routines, giving kids ownership of the classroom, and being truly intentional about […]

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4 ways to stop procrastinating and get things done

This week, we’re tackling one of the most vicious struggles for many of us–procrastination. I’ve spent a lot of time observing what causes procrastination and what prevents it because this is such a deep and pervasive problem for me personally. It’s something I have always struggled with, and probably always will. I haven’t found that procrastination […]

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keeka

Raising money for field trips, extracurricular activities, and classroom project can be a huge hassle for parents and teachers. Every year, many schools resort to classic fundraising events such as bake sales, handmade crafts, or peddling items that no one really wants or needs. While these activities can generate some money, relying on them to produce […]

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These days, a lot of my travel is spent on the subway. I keep the Kindle app on my phone and read, or maybe listen to some audio, but often it’s too loud to hear it very well. And the subway really isn’t a good place to do deep thinking or concentrate on a text, […]

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Turnitin Revision Assistant--love this for giving instant feedback on student writing. Saves the teacher so much time,  AND gives much more individualized support to kids.

If there’s one thing all writing and ELA teachers wish their students would do more of it’s revise their work. Some kids see editing and revising as such a chore that they don’t want to bother reading it through and looking for ways to improve. Other kids simply don’t know how to do it and feel overwhelmed by the number […]

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technology

There’s one complaint about technology that I hear from almost every single person I talk to: it’s just plain overwhelming. There’s too much to learn. There are too many options. It’s always changing and I’m always behind. Between ed tech for your classroom and the technology you use in your personal life, there’s always going […]

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zen teacher

Today I’ve invited Dan Tricarico to the show. He’s a high school English teacher in California, and the author of two books, the most recent being The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom. You can imagine with a book title like that, I was sure Dan and I would have a […]

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Sparky's Firehouse

This post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org to raise awareness about fire safety. National Fire Prevention Week this year falls on October 9th-15th, and I recently learned about some terrific free resources  you can use to help teach PreK-5th grade students valuable fire safety skills. For many years, teachers have been turning to […]

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disillusionment

The first roadblock of discouragement tends to hit a little sooner than most teachers are expecting. When you’re new to the profession, you assume disillusionment is something you won’t have to deal with until you’ve been in the classroom for years, so when you realize on day 3 of your career that the reality of […]

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ask angela about classroom management

If you’ve been listening to my Truth for Teachers podcast in previous seasons, you’ll remember I have a feature called Ask Angela Anything where I answer teachers’ questions. In the past, I’ve dedicated an entire episode to each question I answer so I can give a really thorough response. But that limits the number of questions […]

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child sleep with head on the table

There’s at least one in every classroom–yep, I’m talking about the kid who just sits there, and doesn’t work. The one who needs constant cajoling to put pencil to paper and get started. In some cases, there’s an attitude problem and the student is disengaged from school in general, and in other cases, the student […]

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Why TeachersPayTeachers sellers (and other teacher-authors) don't give everything away for free

Every now and then I get a comment on one of my books, printables on TeachersPayTeachers, or the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club that says, “It’s a shame that teachers charge money for everything now. I remember the days when teachers would give everything away for free.”   Sometimes they even add insult to injury by […]

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