How Can This Book Help YOU?

Effective teaching requires serious mental fortitude. Awakened will empower you to develop the resilient, flexible, positive mindset you need to:

  • Consciously challenge the negative thoughts that discourage you
  • Build your tolerance for frustration so you become less ‘disturbable’
  • Live beyond your feelings to stay motivated when you don’t see results
  • Change your perception of setbacks so they feel less stressful
  • Let go of unrealistic expectations, standards, and comparisons
  • Realize a sense of accomplishment in a job that’s truly never done

Awakened provides simple steps to help you feel peaceful and energized no matter what’s happening around you. Drawing upon principles of stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, biblical and spiritual truths, and personal experiences, Awakened helps you develop thought habits that produce an unshakeable sense of contentment, motivation, and purpose. Learn how to renew your mind and take a fresh approach to the challenges of teaching!

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An eBook download is $9.99, and can be paid securely with credit card or eCheck through PayPal. Files will be delivered to you automatically after payment through eJunkie, an eBook delivery service.

There are several different formats of the eBook you can choose from. The regular eBook version is a PDF document that views properly on most mobile devices, and you can read it on any Mac or PC computer using Preview, Adobe Reader, Adobe Digital Editions, etc. This PDF version comes with EVERY eBook download. For no extra cost, you can can also get a download of a MOBI version of the eBook (designed for Kindle and the Kindle app) OR an ePub version (designed for most other eReaders and apps, including Nook.)

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Free excerpts

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Reviews: See What People Are Saying About Awakened!

Amazon reviewers
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The Teacher Garden
Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension
Confessions of an Untenured Teacher
Education Rethink
It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages
Look at My Happy Rainbow
Miss Brave Teaches NYC
PreK Pages
The Caffeinated Teacher
The Nerdy Teacher
A Teacher’s Ruminations

Read more on the Book Reviews: Awakened page.

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Related and recommended resources

Free supplementary resources will continually be added to this site in the Encouragement and Inspiration section. If you’ve read Awakened and are looking for follow-up books, check out my recommendations for further reading on the Books on Positive Thinking page.

New Cover Design

Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your TeachingOn June 1, 2014, the cover of Awakened received a makeover! All book content is the same–if you’ve already purchased a copy with the cover pictured to the left, there’s no need to re-purchase.

Book details

Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching by Angela Watson (ISBN 978-0-982312711). Due Season Press, Fort Lauderdale, FL: July 1, 2011.  List price US $27.99. 240 pages, 8.5 x 5.5. Available in paperback and eBook editions.

About the publisher

Due Season Press and Educational Services is an independent publisher providing professional development correlated with educational and inspirational books.

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Teresa Pickett May 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I am excited about the new book. I purchased The Cornerstone book several years ago and refer to it often. I actually tweaked the bead system this year by using it as a whole group reward. The class (2nd grade) and I would choose a reward they wanted to earn. The goal was to earn 10 beads, which were placed in a small bucket, by the end of the week. If the class earned the 10 beads, then they were able to get their reward. If not, they could work towards earning the reward the following week. Of course they had to start over with an empty bucket. The beads were not transferrable to another week. This worked really well and assisted in fostering a sense of community and understanding of working with others.


2 Angela Watson May 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

Hi, Teresa! Thanks for sharing how you use the bead system. I like the idea of using it as a whole-class incentive system. Very creative! :-)


3 Lisa Thompson June 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Hi Angela,

I’ve just pre-ordered the NEW BOOK!! I can’t wait to read it, because The Cornerstone (along with all your posts/blogs) has been a great resource for me as I teach 4th grade. It’s been especially nice to have access to your printables, too! I’ve shared them with co-workers, while putting in a plug for you and your book.

Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication!!


4 Angela Watson June 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Awesome, Lisa! You were the very first person to purchase (four minutes after I made the pre-order announcement on Facebook)! What a smile that brought to my face. :-) So glad to hear that my resources have been helpful. Thank you for spreading the word! :-)


5 Catherine Cooke June 11, 2011 at 6:01 am

Talk about perfect timing for this book. Several years ago, I hit rock bottom in my teaching career. The book that saved my career was The Cornerstone and I thank you for that. I am expecting a group of students in September that has a reputation, to put it politely. In my school, I am a model teacher in literacy instruction and expect many outside visitors. The Awakening, is exactly what I need. I am eager to read this book this summer.


6 Angela Watson June 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Hi, Catherine! Thanks for sharing that. I’m glad that The Cornerstone was so helpful to you. I think Awakened will be very useful in helping you construct the right frame of mind for this incoming group of students. I encourage you to keep an open mind about them and not let what others teachers have told you influence the way you think about the kids. Your thoughts about the students will affect the way you feel about them and the way you treat them. It’s quite possible that the kids will respond completely differently to you than they did to their last teacher–and if you keep an open mind toward them, that’s even more likely to happen. :-)


7 Rebecca June 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I can’t wait to read your book! The teaser chapters have me hooked!
Do you know what the cost of the ebook will be?


8 Angela Watson June 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Thanks, Rebecca! The eBook will be priced at $12.99. It should be out this coming week!


9 Joan Young (@flourishingkids) June 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

It was so great to see you at ISTE11! I am about to buy your ebook right now. Thank you for taking the time to chat. You continue to inspire me each time I run across your writing and everything you share. Thank you, thank you!


10 Angela Watson July 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm

It was great to see you again, too! I think we are of similar minds when it comes to the topics in “Awakened”–I believe it will be a powerful read for you, and am looking forward to hearing/reading your thoughts on it. Enjoy!!


11 Sunny July 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

Hey Angela,

I thought you might be interested in reading the review I did of Awakened on my blog. Check it out! :)


12 Angela Watson July 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

Wow, Sunny, thank you so much for such a thoughtful review! [For those who want to see what she wrote, it’s here: ]

I really appreciate the time you took to summarize everything and reflect publicly on what you took away from the book. Your words made me smile because I feel like I achieved my goals in writing this book–you totally got where I was coming from. How wonderful to know that this book genuinely helped you! Exciting!

Would you mind copying and pasting this review onto Amazon? I think even more teachers would get to read your thoughts if you shared it there.

Thanks once again, Sunny. I am blown away by the depth of what you wrote. Thank you!


13 Lisa Thompson July 29, 2011 at 6:28 am

Hi Angela,

I just finished “Awakened”!! I purposely waited to begin the book until my “school’s about to start, I’ve got to get busy” adrenaline rush began. It’s been a God-send!! Can’t wait for any/all online resources. For now, I’m making myself some “affirmations” from your book to post on the bulletin board nearest my desk.

Thanks for sharing! I thank God for you and the talents you are so richly using for good.



14 Angela Watson August 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

Thank you so much for sharing that, Lisa! If you would leave a review on Amazon, that would be much appreciated!


15 Lisa August 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Heading to Amazon now, to do just that!


16 Christin Senechal September 8, 2011 at 8:53 am

I ordered this book as it was recommended by the blog I read the first chapter last night and am thrilled! You are absolutely speaking to my current situation. I can’t wait to continue reading, learning, and growing.


17 Angela Watson September 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Hi, Christin! Thank you for sharing that. I’m so glad my words are speaking to you. Enjoy the book!


18 Jodi Harris January 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I’m looking forward to reading this book! I’m a first year teacher and have started my career in one of the most difficult schools. I’m very discouraged and stressed to the point where I’m sick to my stomach most mornings when getting ready for school because of the dread of facing school that day. I’m hoping his book will help me survive the rest of the school year and change my negative thoughts and feelings towards teaching. Thank you for this book! I’m truly hoping this is the light at the end of the tunnel I’ve been searching for at this point.


19 Kathy Alexander April 16, 2012 at 12:09 am

I recently went to a professional development seminar on differentiation for secondary math. At the seminar we talked about changing the mindset of our students in regards to math from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. This weekend, I finally sat down to read “Awakened”. It has been on my list as I still refer to “The Cornerstone” quite often as a resource and knew this would be just as helpful.

I was not disappointed! Especially in relation to the seminar I had just attended, the concepts and ideas in the book make so much sense! Many of the thoughts and comments made me think, “Wow, that is obvious, why didn’t I realize it before?”

Thank you for sharing your personal stories and experiences to help me put them to use as I learn to be a better teacher for my students!


20 Angela Watson April 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

Hi, Kathy! Thank you for sharing that! I felt the same way as I learned the concepts in Awakened myself…some of the principles seem like common sense, and it’s amazing that we go through our lives completely oblivious to them for so long! I had (and continue to have) many “duh” moments. But, there is a difference between knowing and having revelation. Sometimes we understand things on a cognitive level, but it takes that moment of epiphany where it just clicks for us on a deeper level before we can truly LIVE it. :-)


21 Shellie September 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

Hello! I have tried to sign up for your on-line bible study, but have not received any feedback. However, that may have been Gods plan! After reading the reviews I have downloaded the books and feel God is calling me to host a bible study with my staff instead. Is there any additional resources you have that may enrich our time together? We will only be meeting every other week, so I was hoping for your advice on how to set that up as well. Thank you for providing such an amazing opportunity for teachers to not only grow in their profession, but in their daily walk with God as well. What a blessing!


22 Angela Watson September 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hi, Shellie! Did you fill out the Google Doc? I don’t see your information listed there…but I can still add you to the group, if you want! The resources there might help you set up your own study using the book. I’ll go ahead and send the invite now. Feel free to email me with questions: :-)


23 Tracy September 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I have just started reading the books, and I absolutely love them! What refreshment to have someone honestly put their faith on the pages, and the optional companion devotional is just what I have been looking for, but didn’t know I was looking for it. As I go through a season of numerous stresses outside of school, along with a season of unhappy, disgruntled teachers complaining about the government treatment of education, this book will help me maintain my focus on what truly matters. I have always firmly held that my personal mission for teaching is to ensure students know they are worthy of love. Even though I’m only in chapter 2, I can tell that love is at the centre of what drives Angela, and I’m excited to read the rest and be challenged by the questions in the devotional.

Thank you, Angela Watson!


24 Angela Watson September 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

That’s wonderful, Tracy! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on the book. I’m so glad to hear it’s helping and challenging you.


25 Anba February 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi Angela,

I read excerpts from your book, “Awakened” and it appears very interesting. I am more of an audio book person. I have a habit of listening to many audio books in my car. I would appreciate it very much if you could tell me whether there will be an audio book version of your book. I will be very pleased to buy it.

Thank you, and best wishes!



26 Wendy Wilcoxen July 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I purchased the Awakened book via paypal this morning, but it didn’t give me a place to download it. Can you help?


27 Angela Watson July 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

Sure, Wendy! Check your spam/junk mail for the download link–it’s sent from eJunkie immediately after purchase. If you don’t see it, email me at and I’ll re-send. :)


28 Lisa December 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm


Just started reading Awakened and thought it would make an awesome book club selection. Do you have any guides/suggestions for a book club to use? Thanks in advance!


29 Angela Watson January 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

Hi, Lisa! If you join the Encouraging Teachers Facebook group, I’ll be publishing reflection/discussion questions there every week. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist your group!


30 Kathryn Z June 25, 2014 at 6:23 am

I purchased Awakening last night here online, and i did not get the ebook bersion I paid for yet. It is not on my IPad nor my NOOK as I ordered it. Can you please help me? . Thank you


31 Angela Watson June 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

Sure! The eBook is automatically sent after purchase–it’s possible it may have ended up in your junk mail/spam folder. I will resend the link right now. If you don’t get it, please email me at and I will send it to you myself as an attachment. Thanks for your patience!


32 Sandra June 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Hi there!

I’m really excited about the Awakened book club! I’ve heard such great things about your work!! :-) I received an email confirmation yet WordPress is asking for me to create a blogging account. Is this the only way to join the group discussions? I’d really appreciate any information on this. Thank you!!



33 Angela Watson June 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hi, Sandra! It’s not an account to create a blog, it’s just a Wordpress account. That way they can verify who you are since the blog is private. It’s a confusing extra step and I kinda wish there was a way people could skip it, but I guess it’s important for security. Thanks for your patience!


34 Debra Roumas July 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Dear Angela,
I want a new way to handle homework, and I like the idea of doing homework packets. I just see two difficulties:
1. It loads my weekend with a lot of correcting work that could otherwise be split up during the week.
2. I can’t see if kids are getting the concept until the end of the week.
Please tell me these two challenges can be handled.


35 Angela Watson August 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I don’t correct homework. It’s not a good indicator of what kids know, because some kids have parents to help, others have no help, others have siblings do the work, others cheat with a calculator and the internet, etc. I only skim HW to see if there are any glaring error patterns that I need to re-teach. Homework grades are 100 (completed), 50 (incomplete), or 0 (not turned in.) So, there is no grading to do on the weekends.

Homework, for me, is just practice. I can tell if the kids understand the concepts throughout the week from our in-class activities. And most of my homework is spiraled, meaning it’s practicing skills I taught at least a week ago, if not longer. I hope that’s helpful to you!


36 Sylvia September 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

I know this book will have a major impact on my teaching life and am anxious to own it. I have a question before I order, though. I have learned something about myself in the last two years and that is when I hear an audio book, lesson, etc., I get a tremendous amount more from it than when I read it. It is also easier to find listening time than it is “sit down and read” time. So my question is do you have any plans for this to become an audio book? If so, I would gladly wait for that. If not, I will order today.



37 Angela Watson September 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Hi, Sylvia! I love audiobooks, too. At this point, I don’t have any plans to make audio version of Awakened, but if I keep getting a lot of requests, I will consider it! Enjoy the book. :)


38 Michelle March 25, 2016 at 8:27 am

Hi Angela,

I have been reading your book for the past three months over the last term of my school year. I have been using your advice on how to let the small, negative stuff go and how to focus on the positive. I was wondering if you could advice me on how far to take this into every day things. In my job feedback meeting I have always been marked down on my stress management. Since reading your book I have been marked in the upper percentile and I am so proud of how far I have come!! I have been trying to focus on the positive things and let the small stuff go, but sometimes I wonder when I should stand up for myself and what I believe in. This is regarding my professional life and my personal life. If you can address this, please let me know! I love your advice and I love what your book has done for me!!


39 Angela Watson March 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

Hi, Michelle! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m so proud of your progress! I think that it’s good to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. The problem arises when we replay negative thoughts over and over (“they shouldn’t be doing this to me, I shouldn’t have to deal with this” and rehearsing the confrontation repeatedly in our minds.) Plan out what needs to be said and write it down, and then let it go mentally. Re-read what you want to say before you have the conversation, and speak calmly. Afterwards, take a few minutes to process but don’t dwell on all the things you should have said. :)


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