Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers Podcast

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Truth for Teachers podcast: a weekly 10 minute talk radio show you can download and take with you wherever you go! A new episode is released each Sunday to get you energized and motivated for the week ahead.

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What is a podcast?

A podcast is essentially a talk radio show which you can listen to online or download to take with you wherever you go.

Why would I want to listen to a podcast?

I enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m driving, exercising, cooking, and cleaning. I think podcasts are a great way to fill your mind with positive messages while doing otherwise mundane tasks. They’re a wonderful way to learn new ideas and connect with interesting people outside your own community without having to spend more time tied to a computer screen.

What’s the purpose of this particular podcast?

I hope to use Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers to speak encouragement and truth into your life, and get you energized for the week ahead. You can learn more about me and podcast in the first episode, called What is Truth for Teachers?

How long is the podcast?

Each episode is about 10 minutes long. You can listen to it on Sunday nights as you gear up for week ahead, during your Monday morning commute, or any other time that’s convenient for you.

When do new episodes get released?

You can listen to a brand new podcast every Sunday.

Where can I find show notes or a transcript of the recording?

Every Sunday, I’ll share the week’s latest podcast episode on my blog. The blog post will be based on the content of the podcast, so if you prefer to read the message or want to pass it on to friends who don’t listen to podcasts, you can get the information in the blog post and share it from there. The blog post will also provide links to resources mentioned in the podcast episode. You can see all previous blog posts + transcriptions here.

How can I suggest a podcast topic or guest?

If you would like to be interviewed for the podcast or if you have a recommendation of someone you’d like to hear me talk with, you can make your suggestion here. You can also suggest podcast topics you want me to cover.

How can I ask a question for you to answer in the podcast?

I occasionally do “Ask Angela Anything” episodes in which I answer listener’s questions about teaching, mindset, and motivation. You can submit a question via this form, or even better, by leaving me a voice message that I can play on the show. It’s super easy–just press “Start Recording” below! You’ll be able to listen to your recording before deciding whether to send it.

How can I subscribe to new episodes?

To get new podcast episodes as they’re released each Sunday, you can subscribe to Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers in iTunes. You’ll be able to download or stream the episodes on your computer, tablet, or smart phone at any time.

How can I spread the word and show my support?

If you find the podcast beneficial, I would LOVE for you to click here and leave a review for the show on iTunes! (The link will open up iTunes: click on “Ratings and Reviews” and then “Write a Review.”) Podcast reviews are super important–the more reviews we have, the more easily discoverable the show will be, and the more teachers we’ll be able to reach and inspire. Thank you for your support!

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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 Rachel Reyna January 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm

I really enjoyed your Gain Energy from Kids Instead of Letting Them Drain You podcast. A reciprocal energy flow, makes a lot of sense. Thank you so much for helping out!


2 Angela Watson February 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Thank you, Rachel!


3 Stacey Walz January 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Wow…I just sat and listened to all 5 of your podcasts. I am inspired. I look forward to your Sunday podcast to refuel and recharge me. You, your words through your books and now podcasts, have really left a mark with me. Thanks so much!


4 Angela Watson January 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

I appreciate that so much, Stacey! Thank you. :)


5 Bryan Beaton January 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Can your podcasts be accessed by subscribers who do not use either “iTunes” or “Stitcher”?


6 Angela Watson January 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Hi, Bryan! Yes, you can play them right from the blog post, or from any other podcast app. Let me know if you need more specific details or if you have questions.


7 Jessica Peterson March 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Hi Bryan – if you have an Android device, try the Pocket Casts app. It’s free and a terrific podcast app for androids. Best of all, The Truth for Teachers podcasts can be downloaded and heard through the app at whatever time is convenient for you. I started at the beginning and have been going through each and every podcast Angela has done. They’re all terrific!


8 Angela Watson March 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

Thanks for sharing this!


9 Kelly February 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Love all your podcasts. Helps to energize and reinforce the positive aspects of a very labor intensive job. Thank you so much for making them so available.


10 Angela Watson February 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Thank you so much, Kelly! I appreciate you sharing that.


11 Linda February 15, 2015 at 11:40 pm

I listen on Monday morning on my way to work in a grade one class as an education assistant. I love the little morsels of inspiration and ideas! Keep up the good work!


12 Angela Watson February 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Aw, thanks for the encouragement, Linda! And thanks for listening, also.


13 Margo February 27, 2015 at 10:52 pm

THANK YOU Angela Watson for such helpful and motivational podcasts! Please keep them coming!!!


14 Angela Watson February 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

You’re so welcome, Margo. :)


15 D'Toya Dove March 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Thank you so much for having these motivational podcasts. Each podcast that I have listened to has truly been a blessing especially the last one you did.


16 Melanie April 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

I am LOVING your podcasts! These are my first attempts at this format, and it makes me so happy to listen on my way to school! Thank you for knowing just what we need to hear!


17 Angela Watson April 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Hi, Melanie! Thank you so much for taking the time to share that. I’m so glad you’re finding the messages encouraging! :)


18 Juli LeMaster April 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

This is in reference to your topic about asking yourself if it’s time to quit:

I can relate to the original writer in most ways except one – I DO enjoy watching kids learn and grow. What I’ve been asking myself, though, is, “Do I HAVE to LOVE kids to teach?”

I had my babies after I earned my teaching certificate and I stayed at home until they were in middle school. I had stayed active in the field and maintained relationships with colleagues. I have only been teaching full-time for three years now. Sometimes I also ask myself, “This is not teaching the way I learned in college 20 years ago. Is it still for me?”

But what I’ve come to realize is that I don’t LOVE kids. I LOVE MY OWN BIOLOGICAL KIDS. I do CARE about my student’s well-being, I CARE that education is important for their well-being, I do CARE that they grow and learn, and I do CARE about their feelings.

I enjoy seeing that they are interested in learning, I enjoy the personal goal of seeing the growth in data, I enjoy planning to be sure each lesson is meaningful, and I like to give my students some joy in each day, even if I’m not feeling joyful that day.

Maybe I am just in shock at all of the demands placed on teachers that are new in the last few years. I try to remind myself daily that I am not teaching CCSS; I am teaching kids. Will I get used to it? Will each year get better? Is it just a matter of managing my time differently than I did 20 years ago when things were so different?

So, all in all, even though I don’t LOVE kids, I do CARE about them and about all the aspects of my job that I mentioned, is it still the right job for me?


19 Angela Watson April 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Juli, this is an excellent question. I do understand your point about caring for kids vs loving kids. I think a lot of people can relate to the thought that they love their own children, and simply care about their students.

Do you have to love kids to be a teacher? I think I can say “not necessarily” to that. I think caring strongly about kids and having a clear vision for why you’re teaching can suffice. If you are passionate about making a different for kids or inspiring a love of your subject matter in them, then that could be enough to make you effective.

But it sounds like the issue you’re grappling with is not whether you’re effective; it’s whether teaching is worth it. If you don’t love (other people’s) kids, and the profession is nothing like what you signed up for years ago, then what’s left? A deep love for kids is often all that makes teaching worth it.

So if that piece is not there for you, then it comes down to your vision. Why do you teach? Why do you get up every morning and give your all for other people’s kids? The answer to that question has to be compelling enough for you to put up with everything else that comes along with the job of a classroom teacher.


20 Dr. Amy B Hollingsworth May 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Juli, I have been in the exact same place as you! I know that I don’t “love kids” (I like people in general, but I’m not all goo goo over kids) what I LOVE is solving problems. I’m a biologist, and I generally love science, but I’m not in love with teaching because of the kids. I love helping people – teachers, kids, their parents – to problem solve.

I’ve enjoyed teaching, and doing PD with teachers because I love helping other people learn to solve problems.

I think teaching – but more education – is the right profession for me, because it allows me to do what I love. Could I solve problems elsewhere? Sure! But not in as meaningful a way as I can in education.

I see everything as a problem to solve – tests, teaching, curriculum, working in collaborative groups, getting through to students – it’s all solvable. It’s all a problem that has a solution!

So if you look at it that way – can you make a difference? Can you solve student problems, teacher problems, school problems, technology problems? I see Common Core and testing as a game to beat, and a problem that is able to be solved.



21 Jeff Lisciandrello January 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

Hi Amy,

Wow, what a great response! I feel the same way. I enjoy working with kids, and I think I am in the problem-solving camp as well. I think you definitely need to enjoy kids, but I like how you put it in terms of finding meaning and purpose, and solving achievement challenges like a game.



22 Misty April 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm

I just started listening to your podcast, I like it! Thank you for it. I teach PE/health and would love to hear topics in the future about working with so many different age levels. I teach K-8th grade and see about 400 kids a week. Lots of personalities to work with. PE, while similar to the classroom, is a different environment. Anything relatable to that would be so awesome if possible. :)


23 Angela Watson April 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Great question, Misty! I’ll make sure to feature it in a blog post, if not a podcast episode, in the future. Thanks!


24 Lauren Anderson May 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Thank you so much for your last two episodes. Episode 20 had me saying, “yes, yes, thank you, yes, tell everyone!” I couldn’t agree more with literally every one of your points, pieces of advice, etc. Then, Episode 21 came along and it was just what I needed. As the year is winding down I find myself more frustrated than ever with my apathetic students (almost all boys, many of them ELLs) and I know with my patience wearing thin I’m beating everyone up more than I should. Thank you for the reminder of what’s important!


25 Angela Watson May 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

Thank you, Lauren! I know this is a tough time of year for motivation (our own and the kids’!) and I’m so glad to hear that the podcast has been helpful. Thanks also for your support on ep 20.


26 Danielle Hicks June 5, 2015 at 8:51 pm

I particularly enjoyed your podcast on dealing with negative coworkers. It seems as though I am surrounded by them, and your suggestions are spot on!


27 Angela Watson June 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

Thanks, Danielle!


28 D'Toya Dove June 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Thank you so much for all of your inspirational podcast that deal with real life issues. All of your amazing resources you provide for us are wonderful and I am forever grateful for you allowing God to use you in such an amazing way.


29 Angela Watson July 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Thank you, D’Toya! I appreciate that so much. :)


30 Brenda Freitas September 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Angela, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Brazil. I’m in university majoring in English and Portuguese. The English Dept is part of the Faculty of Arts. Portuguese is taught under the Hispanic-Portuguese Dept., also in the Faculty of Arts. I love your podcasts, are wonderful. You make me really believe that that’s what I want. You are awesome.


31 Kate September 10, 2015 at 11:28 pm

You are a true inspiration! I quote your advice all of the time! Thank you for your words of wisdom, and uplifting messages.
By any chance- do you have any advice on how to deal with paraprofessionals who are difficult to work with? Whom seem to not follow a teacher’s vision?


32 Travis Bowman September 18, 2015 at 7:08 am


I am currently completing my student teaching experience and recently discovered your podcast. I must say, it definitely validates all of my aspirations when I hear your positive view on this profession. Too many people I speak to regularly have such negative things to say about teaching. It is nice to hear someone speak about it in the way that I view it. Thank you!



33 Angela Watson September 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

Thanks, Travis, I appreciate the time you took to share that!


34 Melanie Z January 21, 2016 at 8:45 pm

I love, love, love All your podcasts, books, and materials. You have reminded me of the importance of always seeing the positive surrounding us. My passion is teaching it is career number 2 for me and where I feel I need to be. I am sharing with teachers in my building in the hopes that your positivity will spread through the building!


35 Angela Watson January 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Thank you, Melanie!


36 Lisa March 30, 2016 at 9:56 pm

These podcasts have been so helpful for me. Thank you so much for helping me direct my thoughts and energy to things I can change. Practical advice for all teachers!


37 Angela Watson April 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm

That’s so wonderful to hear. Thank you!


38 Michele April 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I look forward to listening to your podcast. Since I am a year behind, I get to listen to one each morning on my way to work.


39 Ayobami Peter Bamgbose May 3, 2016 at 1:03 am

Dear Angela,
Thank you for your motivation,mentorship and concerns for the world of education.I personally gets motivated and inspired during and after listening to and meditating on your podcast. Thank God I am connected to great and outstanding teachers in the world. I sincerely want to ask you for a favour. I need your mentorship. I desire to be exceedingly great in my teaching profession. I live in a world where teachers are not valued,and the profession is not fully valued like other professions.I need motivation,ideas,innovations and useful resources.
Thanks for this platform,I look forward to your response.


40 April J May 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Mrs. Watson,

Episode 18 isn’t about part 1 of your journey out of teaching. I click on that title but it talks about something very different.


41 Angela Watson May 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Hey there, April, you may want to refresh the feed. The right episode should play. You can also play it here:


42 Lisle M. July 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Hi Angela,

I am new to your 40HTW club, and I am learning a lot (mostly about myself)! I have been using your advice and listening to your podcasts while I exercise. My favorite and most inspiring podcast so far is Ep15, which stresses the importance of not comparing yourself to others, deciding what gets a “yes” and “no” from me, and the MVP. I can’t tell you how much these three ideas encompass me, and I now feel empowered to change that. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I will definitely keep listening to make positive changes for the upcoming year!


43 Angela Watson July 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

Hi, Lisle! I’m so glad the podcasts are helpful. Looking forward to season 4 starting in August!


44 Jenny K July 26, 2016 at 7:52 am

I have a confession to make… I’m not even a teacher yet! I will be student teaching in second grade and learning support come the fall, then hopefully going on to my own classroom. But, I am still SO GLAD to have found your podcast (and ultimately your blog as well) just as I begin my full time classroom journey. This truth and wisdom is helping me get started off right, and for that I cannot thank you enough! There are so many resources available for teachers that we as college students simply are not exposed to, but I am a firm believer in collaboration, mentorship, and learning from the experiences of others, so I seek these out personally through books, blogs, social media, and now podcasts. I will certainly be passing this on to my student teacher and first year teacher friends! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your heart with all of us.


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