truth for teachers podcast

Free webinar on teacher productivity

I recently ran a free live webinar called How to Trim an Hour (or More) Off Your Workweek NOW, and it has been so much fun to share ideas with teachers in real time online. One teacher who attended said that the training was absolutely life-changing for her, and since I’m only offering it this week, […]

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We’re about to head into the time of year when everyone’s thinking about resolutions, new habits, getting healthier, and making better choices. It’s the same thing we say we’re going to do every year. And most of this just turns out to be wishful thinking. We don’t stick with it. We return right back to these bad […]

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Dr. Leonard Sax’s Truth: What teachers need to know about the gender gap, disengaged boys, and girls in crisis

I recently heard physician, psychologist, and author Dr. Leonard Sax talking on NPR about how our schools are failing boys. I was absolutely fascinated by his insights, and was thrilled when he agreed to be a guest on my Truth for Teachers podcast. Listen in as I chat with Dr. Sax about the challenges boys are […]

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5 of your trickiest teacher co-worker problems solved

Though each school has it’s own unique dynamics between teachers, I’ve discovered that there are a couple common threads between the typical dilemmas. Read on as I address the five of the most common–and most difficult–teacher co-worker problems. Scenario 1: Your coworkers pop over on a daily basis to say, “So, what are we doing […]

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How to undo your classroom management mistakes

I remember volunteering at my church’s Sunday School program many years ago and filling in as the assistant to one of the second grade Sunday School teachers. There were 29 kids in a very tiny, windowless classroom, and we were about to serve them animal crackers and juice. I had prepared 29 little portions plus […]

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genius hour

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. The concept for Genius Hour is derived in part from the idea of “20% Time.” This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. […]

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4 ways to stop procrastinating and get things done

This week, we’re tackling one of the most vicious struggles for many of us–procrastination. I’ve spent a lot of time observing what causes procrastination and what prevents it because this is such a deep and pervasive problem for me personally. It’s something I have always struggled with, and probably always will. I haven’t found that procrastination […]

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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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technology

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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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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disillusionment

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 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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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 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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zaretta

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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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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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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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

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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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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