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
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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
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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
ClassTag

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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Low-cost graduate courses & continuing education credits for teachers

July 20, 2016
Low-cost graduate courses & continuing education credits for teachers

Looking to renew your teaching license but can’t handle the time commitment or cost? Teacher’s Learning Center (TLC) might be the solution for you. Busy teachers can now complete courses for license renewal and pay scale increase at their own pace (and at affordable price). Teacher’s Learning Center (TLC) offers accredited graduate courses that cover a wide variety […]

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Join the Unshakeable book club July 17-August 5th

July 9, 2016
Join the Unshakeable book club July 17-August 5th

When: July 17th-August 5th Where: Online via a private, closed Facebook group Cost: Free This is an online book club for my latest book, Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What. We’ll be exploring 20 ways to enjoy teaching every day, no matter what. It’s a great way to get yourself excited and motivated for the new […]

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5 summer secrets for a stress-free fall

July 3, 2016
Summer Secrets Training

I’ve been running my free webinar this week, 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress-Free Fall, and throughout the various sessions, over 4,000 teachers have attended! I’d never done live webinars before, and really enjoyed being able to connect with participants in real time. I definitely plan to do more live classes on other topics! One teacher […]

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40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is open to new members through July 6th

June 27, 2016
Office desk table with supplies, coffee cup and flower. Top view with copy space

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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8 things you can do this summer to make back-to-school less stressful

June 21, 2016
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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4 secrets to building rapport with students (even when it’s hard to connect)

June 12, 2016
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

June 1, 2016
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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