Angela Watson (formerly Powell) is a National Board Certified Teacher with eleven years of classroom experience. She now works as an instructional coach and educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. Her website is www.TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com.
Promoting independent reading in the classroom can be a lot of work, especially when it’s time to track your students’ progress. Reading logs are often just meaningless busy work for kids, but meeting individually with kids to discuss their independent reading and setting individual goals can be prohibitively time-consuming. What if you could have students’ […]
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What do you want your life to look like? When you look back on it all at the end, what do you want to feel like you’ve accomplished? How do you want to have spent your time? What will be your legacy? Those are deep questions for sure, and most of us just don’t have […]
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Have you ever had the following thoughts? I have no idea what I’m doing as a teacher. My principal was crazy to hire me for this position — I’m clearly not experienced enough. I’m not knowledgeable enough about this subject area to be teaching it. I’m just not capable of doing everything that needs to be done as a teacher. I don’t know why other people say I’m such a good teacher — I really don’t deserve it and haven’t done a very good job.
If you can relate to any of those feelin
I am super excited to feature an interview with Dan Tricarico here in this post as part of my Truth for Teachers podcast. I normally condense the blog posts for interviews to focus on the key points, but because Dan and I were simply having a casual conversation about this topic, I decided to include the full transcript this time.
Dan and I have been working for the past 7-8 months on creating something together that addresses teacher anxiety. It’s called Finally Free:
Today I’ve invited two current teachers onto my Truth for Teachers podcast to talk about what they’re doing with their students. This is something that I hope to do on the show more often because it’s just another angle of expertise that I think is important for you to hear as a teacher, rather than just […]
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One of the biggest stressors for teachers is the possibility of being moved to another grade level or school (and in some cases, being “surplussed” or pink-slipped and having no position at all). I’ve heard rumors about who might be surplussed the following year as early as November of the current school year! And throughout […]
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The episode of the Truth for Teachers podcast featured here is a free coaching call I conducted with a graduate of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Her name is Kristen, and she’s a year 4 teacher in Australia, which is equivalent to 4th grade in the U.S. You will adore her lovely accent!
Kristen is in her sixth year of teaching and feeling like she’s spending way too much time communicating with parents and answering emails, and also feeling nervous about what cutting back on the am
I am always looking for ways to save energy. I shared in my book Unshakeable that energy is one of our most precious resources because unlike time, energy does not naturally replenish itself. We have to be intentional about how we use our energy. If we don’t pay attention to the things that drain it […]
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Growth mindset has been a buzzword in education for quite awhile and I think a lot of teachers and kids are already familiar with it. But I’ve noticed a pitfall that seems to occur fairly often. Growth mindset is introduced to students near the beginning of the year and then the curriculum demands seem to […]
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The majority of my podcast episodes are on topics that will help improve your teaching practices with ALL of your students, but in some cases, I like to talk about specific student populations. It’s okay to focus for ONE episode on meeting the needs of English Language Learners or students with special needs. And it’s […]
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