Angela Watson

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


10 inexpensive ways to get children’s books for the classroom

A well-stocked classroom library encourages self-selected independent reading and can also serve as a great place for children to enjoy some down time during the school day. However, keeping your class library replenished with a rotation of good books may present a bit of a challenge since most teachers have to pay for reading materials using their […]


Angela Watson

EP01, EP02, EP03: It’s FINALLY time to share the launch of my weekly podcast with you! If you’re new to podcasts, they’re essentially a talk radio show which you can listen to online or download to take with you wherever you go. I hope to use this podcast to speak encouragement and truth into your life, […]


FREE! Daily Connections: an easy way to build individual relationships with your students

As teachers, we all want to establish strong connections with students and give them individual attention on a daily basis. But that’s a pretty broad goal that can be hard to put into action, especially considering how many other priorities are vying for our attention. How can we make time for individual connections? How can […]


This is as close as it gets to a miracle solution for students' behavior problems, it's completely free, and it only takes 2 minutes a day.

I thought it would be fun to check the blog analytics today and find out which articles you all liked the best this year. Most of them were written in 2014, although there are a couple of older posts which lots of teachers are still checking out. Here they are in countdown form, from 10-1: For […]

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I have a really, really awesome announcement to make next week about a new project I’m launching. And it’s not the kind of announcement that’s only exciting for me. You know how bloggers do that sometimes, right? Like, “Time for the big reveal–a sponsor gave me a brand new wardrobe and free trip to Tahiti, […]


Register your students in grades 9-12 for this free online financial literacy game to teach real life budgeting. Top scorers will win $3 million in classroom grants and student scholarships!

Disclosure: H&R Block has been a longtime supporter of The Cornerstone through their financial literacy initiatives. They have compensated me for helping them spread the word about these free resources for teachers and kids. You might remember back in September when I shared information about the H&R Block Challenge, a completely FREE teen financial literacy program in […]


7 teacher tips for surviving the week before holiday or winter break

We’re heading into the home stretch here in 2014, and it can be one of the hardest times in which to maintain order in the classroom. Fortunately, there are ways to make the last few days count and maintain your sanity: 1. Don’t build anticipation. Assemblies, presentations, and other holiday events are unavoidable in December, but […]


Verso multiple classes

Are there students in your class who never seem to share their opinions or want to engage in group discussions? There could be a number of reasons why a student does not participate, and one of them is fear. Kids often find it difficult to share their opinions in class because they’re afraid of being wrong, […]


calm class after lunch

After recess or lunch can be one of the toughest times to transition back into instruction. Often the kids are so wound up that it takes 10 minutes (or more) to get everyone ready to learn again, and with the amount of curriculum we need to teach during the school day, that’s 10 minutes we can’t afford […]


Angela Watson TeachersPayTeachers

As part of the site-wide TeachersPayTeachers Cyber Monday sale, my entire store will be 28% off on December 1st and 2nd. The sale includes all of my math partner game bundles for grades 1-5 which provide fun, hands-on, and rigorous practice of the Common Core State Standards. The sale also includes all of the PDF versions of […]


Thanksgiving snow 2

We’re currently under 5 inches of snow at my grandmother’s house and expecting several inches more. My mom and I just cooked up some sausage and eggs we got straight from a neighbor’s farm, and the guys are out shoveling the driveway. My family won’t be getting together for Christmas, so we’re enjoying our White Thanksgiving together. […]


holiday gift ideas for teachers (under $20!)

I love to share funny, clever, and inspirational sayings on my Facebook page, and people are always commenting, “I need this on a t-shirt!” So I figured, why not design some teacher apparel and accessories? I created a store for teacher shirts, totes, mugs, and more on Spreadshirt. Almost all the prices for teacher merchandise are $20 […]


How to foster gratitude and teach kids to be thankful (classroom ideas)

Every year, it seems like the grumbling grows louder about the next generation’s sense of entitlement. People say they want things handed to them. They’re not appreciative of what adults do for them. They complain when teachers give them things (“Is that all you’ve got?”) and ask “What do we get for doing this?” before completing […]


Thank students for good choices with compliment slips

The problem with most behavior management systems is that the kids who are misbehaving get all the attention. It’s hard to remember to pay attention to kids’ GOOD choices when you’re required to track and address their bad choices. And often rewards are built into behavior management plans so that a child who struggles to […]