Angela Watson

40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club: Daily hacks to get your weekends back!

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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My journey from teacher to teacherpreneur 2 (1)

I’ve been meaning to share this story for years, because I get asked a LOT about my journey and how long it took me to get where I’m at right now.  The short version is this: I’m a National Board Certified Teacher, spending 11 years in the classroom and 7 years as an instructional coach. In 2009, I turned […]

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It’s the first thing you do when you wake up. It’s the last thing you do before bed. And it’s the default activity you fill your time with all throughout the day whenever you’re bored, procrastinating, or just want a little hit of something that makes you feel good.  It’s what you do when you […]

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Gillian King-Cargile Photo

  What happens when kids use fun fictional texts that have a basis in science, technology, engineering and math as a springboard to explore the science behind the fiction? This week, I’ve invited Gillian King-Cargile, Director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program, to share her observations with a fifth grade class. This post is brought […]

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8 keys to avoiding teacher burnout (part two

If you are feeling burned out right now or just a little crispy around the edges, I want to reassure you that your feelings are normal, that you can handle the responsibilities you’ve been given no matter how overwhelming they seem, and that the rewards of teaching outweigh the costs. Last week in episode 15, I […]

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EARN YOUR FUTURE 2

In honor of Financial Literacy Month this April, I’m featuring a fantastic financial literacy program in the form of an interactive curricula called the Earn Your Future Digital Lab. It’s presented by the PwC Charitable Foundation, which supports education and financial literacy. This comprehensive financial literacy program is designed for students in grades 3-12 to empower kids […]

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My inbox is typically bursting with messages from overwhelmed teachers. Help! I can’t do this! I feel so inadequate—it’s just too much for one person and I don’t think I can teach anymore. The situation is so bad—I’m thinking of just quitting. Each person who has contacted me was searching for the same thing: reassurance […]

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Happy last day of school shirts for teachers (and kids!)

I started Angela Watson’s T-Shirts for Teachers on a whim just over a year ago. Some commenters on my Facebook page mentioned they’d love to have tshirts with the funny and inspirational sayings I share on social media. So I thought, why not have some fun with it and experiment with some fun teacher shirts? I added […]

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Young mom with her daugher at psychologist consultation

It’s the conversation we all dread: telling a parent their child a) is failing a subject, b) needs to be tested for a disability, c) doesn’t have any friends, or d) all of the above. Your stomach is twisting and turning just thinking about having to confront the parent. So, what do you do? Here […]

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Download a free classroom STEM toolkit and win a visit from Steve Spangler

Want more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) resources for your classroom? CITGO is teaming up with renowned educator Steve Spangler to bring STEM learning to more schools across America through a sweepstakes with some really awesome prizes. What you can win If you are one of the first teachers to enter, you can receive a free […]

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Students in my Classes

There are few things that annoyed me more as a teacher than picking up my students from P.E. or lunch (or having a small group return from a resource room pull-out class) only to discover that some students had been completely out of control while they were gone. With some classes I taught, it seemed […]

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ClassTag

I’m always looking for the best tools to help with parent-teacher communication: organizing volunteers, classroom activities, conferences, sending reminders, and so on. So when ClassTag approached me about checking out their new app, I was excited to see what they have to offer and share it here with you. ClassTag is a cloud-based app designed for […]

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