9 ways to make your commute more productive and enjoyable

October 23, 2016

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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Help students improve their writing with instant feedback from Turnitin

October 19, 2016
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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10 tips for avoiding technology overwhelm

October 16, 2016

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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How to create focus, simplicity, and tranquility in the classroom

October 9, 2016
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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New free app, games, and lessons for Fire Prevention Month

October 5, 2016
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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How to fight disillusionment when the school year isn’t going as planned

October 2, 2016

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 Anything: your classroom management questions answered

September 25, 2016
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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What to do when a student constantly refuses to work

September 18, 2016
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 teacher-authors don’t give everything away free (& neither should you)

September 11, 2016
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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How can teachers support and advocate for students in poverty?

September 4, 2016

This post is based on the latest episode of my weekly podcast, Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers. A podcast is like a free talk radio show you can listen to online, or download and take with you wherever you go. I release a new 15-20 minute episode each Sunday and feature it here on the […]

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Share kids’ work with parents through Bloomz’ new student timelines

August 31, 2016
Share kids’ work with parents through Bloomz’ new student timelines

I’ve posted about the award-winning parent communication app Bloomz once before, and I have an awesome update from its creators that I think you’re going to love! If you’re new to Bloomz, it’s a FREE app that makes parent-teacher communication super easy because it streamlines email, text messages, and volunteer/supply/conference signups into one place. Parents can […]

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How to deal with a principal who just doesn’t “get it”

August 28, 2016
Tips dealing with a principal who doesnt get it

I get a lot emails and messages from teachers about problems with administrators. Some of these teachers feel like their principals place too much emphasis on testing and try to standardize teaching. There’s no freedom for the teachers to be creative or exercise their professional judgment, and there’s no freedom for kids to be kids. Others […]

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Using authentic audio resources from Listenwise to bring non-fiction to life

August 24, 2016

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

August 21, 2016
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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How ClassTag is streamlining parent communication in a NYC classroom

August 17, 2016

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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10 things you should throw out in your classroom NOW

August 14, 2016

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)

August 7, 2016
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

August 3, 2016
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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What’s the best teacher planner to buy? (an unbiased opinion)

August 1, 2016
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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Tips for specialists to communicate with homeroom teachers

July 24, 2016
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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