Angela Watson

encouraging teachers facebook group

So obviously the group isn’t secret in the sense that no one knows about it. But there’s a setting for Facebook groups called “secret,” which means no one outside the group can read what’s posted there. And that means the Encouraging Teachers Facebook group is a private, closed space for sharing teaching ideas and collaborating. I […]

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Sure, you have a few unpaid weeks each summer in which you’re not technically required to work. But that doesn’t mean you’re actually using your summer break to relax. Between second jobs, professional development, lesson planning, and more…those summer weeks just fly by, and many of us return to work in the fall without feeling like […]

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keep teaching when your personal life is falling apart

EP11: When you’re experiencing deep personal loss or serious problems at home, it’s difficult to be the teacher you want to be. Learn how to minimize the negative impact of your stress on students and manage your energy levels so you can bounce back more quickly. This post is based on the latest episode of […]

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St Patricks Day shirts for teachers

March is right around the corner, and I wanted to share some teacher t-shirts I’ve created for St. Patrick’s Day. All the shirts in my store are under $20. The shirts above say: Who needs LUCK when your students are this smart? Lucky to be a teacher Haha, you can’t pinch me! I’m a lucky teacher because […]

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Get up to 28% off at TeachersPayTeachers with the promo code HEROES

If you’ve filled up your TeachersPayTeachers cart or wish list and have been waiting for a sale, now’s your chance! My entire store will be discounted both Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 25-26th. Use the promo code HEROES to save even more! Since the last sale, I’ve added several new products that you might want to check […]

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AJ Juliani

EP10: New standards, new assessments, new leadership, and more…just when you think you’ve mastered the game, there’s a brand new set of rules. Listen as Education & Tech Innovation Specialist A.J. Juiliani shares how constant changes are impacting teachers. You’ll learn 3 practical tips for managing change, and discover how to channel frustration into innovation. […]

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Unshakeable is the new book by Angela Watson, to be released this winter!

I am in the final stages of publishing Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What. Like, 98% done. The launch is about a month away. And I don’t have the brain cells right now to do much more than work on the book and talk about working on the book, so today’s post […]

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How to avoid discouragement in teaching

EP09: Teaching involves a lot of hard work that is rarely acknowledged. Learn strategies for staying encouraged despite the lack of appreciation, and stay focused on your personal vision! This post is based on the latest episode of my weekly podcast, Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers. A podcast is essentially a talk radio show that you […]

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Digital Learning Day

How can administrators, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders help build a culture of innovation in our schools? What can we do to support teachers in getting connected and pursuing meaningful professional development opportunities? These are issues I’ll be exploring next month in Washington, D.C., in a Future Ready Schools workshop. The Alliance for Excellent Education […]

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Don’t let the hard parts of teaching steal your sense of accomplishment and keep you from recognizing the magnitude of the awesome work you’re doing. Learn how to push through the fear of failure and constant distractions to experience the adventure of watching your students learn and grow.

EP08: Don’t let the hard parts of teaching steal your sense of accomplishment and keep you from recognizing the magnitude of the awesome work you’re doing. Learn how to push through the fear of failure and constant distractions to experience the adventure of watching your students learn and grow. This post is based on the […]

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Today, I’ve invited Meg from The Teacher Studio to share how she runs math workshop in her classroom. I really admire her approach to math instruction and she has done an AMAZING job outlining everything in this post. Meg has tons of practical, classroom-tested tips for math instruction on her website and is going to be launching […]

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There are a dizzying number of effective ways to lead a classroom. How can you figure out which style is right for you? Learn from a mistake I made in emulating another teacher’s management techniques, and develop the confidence to make decisions about what works best for you AND your students.

EP07: There are a dizzying number of effective ways to lead a classroom. How can you figure out which style is right for you? Learn from a mistake I made in emulating another teacher’s management techniques, and develop the confidence to make decisions about what works best for you AND your students. This post is […]

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I used this form a few times a week to assess the work students did independently. It makes it super easy to correct any misconceptions right away, plan the rest of the unit  based on how well the class understands the current skill, and assign differentiated follow-up tasks for every student.

There’s a little secret that most of we as educators are keeping about differentiating instruction. We believe it’s a good idea in theory, we try to do it when we can…but we really don’t have any workable system for differentiating. No one really knows how it’s supposed to be done, and the only ideas we’ve had […]

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close reading Twitter chat

The SnapLearning Twitter party is happening tonight, Wednesday, January 28th, from 8-9 pm EST! Come join me and Heidi Morgan as we talk close reading strategies with SnapLearning. RSVP here if you’d like, or just follow the hashtag #snapreading. You’ll get to: Learn more about close reading Get access to some great reading resources Talk to teachers […]

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Many teachers are far too hard on themselves and constantly feel guilty about things they’re not doing. You can make 3 small changes that will create a dramatic shift in how you think and feel about yourself. Learn how to change your mindset and move from self-criticism to self-acceptance.

EP06: Many teachers are far too hard on themselves and constantly feel guilty about things they’re not doing. You can make 3 small changes that will create a dramatic shift in how you think and feel about yourself. Learn how to change your mindset and move from self-criticism to self-acceptance. This post is based on […]

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100th day of school shirt for teachers

A couple of weeks ago, I started creating shirts and other merchandise with funny or clever sayings on them for teachers. I wanted to sell fun, modern-looking apparel that is also super affordable, with all the shirts under $20. So, Angela Watson’s Tshirts for Teachers was born! The response has really been great, and I’ve enjoyed creating custom […]

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SDE Maryland PreK and Kindergarten conference in Towson, MD: February 9-10

I have four exciting events coming up between now and April. I would love to connect with you if you’re attending any of these conferences!  SDE Maryland PreK-K ConferenceTowson, MDFeb 9-10 As an early childhood education major and someone who has taught exclusively in grades PreK-3, I am so excited to meet with educators who love teaching […]

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How to give students ownership of their learning

EP05: Are you working harder than your students? Learn practical strategies for making the learning really matter to kids so they’re self-motivated in the classroom. You’ll discover how to inspire kids to give as much energy and effort in the classroom as you do! This post is based on the latest episode of my weekly podcast, Angela […]

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How to show YouTube video clips in the classroom even when your school blocks YouTube (and how to prevent ads, comments, and other inappropriate content from popping up.)

There are a handful of questions I can count on being asked at least once at every school in which I do instructional technology coaching. I’m sure many of you have the same issues, so I thought I’d share the answers here on the blog for you all, too! How to show YouTube videos at […]

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How to gain energy from kids instead of letting them drain you: Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers podcast

EP04: The flow of energy in a classroom is often one-way, with the teacher constantly giving and students sitting by as passive recipients. But kids can be your greatest motivator and energizer! Discover how to create a reciprocal energy flow through connecting with and enjoying your students. This post is based on the latest episode of […]

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