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Truth for Teachers is designed to speak life, encouragement, and truth into the minds and hearts of educators and get you energized for the week ahead.

Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers Angela Watson

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Truth for Teachers is designed to speak life, encouragement, and truth into the minds and hearts of educators and get you energized for the week ahead.

    EP235 If a parent accuses you of teaching critical race theory...

    EP235 If a parent accuses you of teaching critical race theory...

    We’re losing some of our best educators (particularly educators of color) due to pushback from community members who say teachers are brainwashing and indoctrinating kids.
    So what should you do if a parent or caregiver of a student believes you are teaching kids to hate themselves, hate each other, or hate America?
    I’m offering 7 practical tips to open the door for honest, transparent conversations with families about what is and isn’t happening in your classroom.
    Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    • 38 min
    EP234 Ten tips for making sure data meetings are actually useful (with Melissa Forbes)

    EP234 Ten tips for making sure data meetings are actually useful (with Melissa Forbes)

    Inefficient, unproductive meetings can drain so much energy. If you find that meetings to discuss student progress always turn into complaining and defeatist rants...here's help.

    You can make necessary meetings less painful and perhaps even valuable.
    Fellow teacher Mellissa Forbes has some really practical tips and mindset shifts to help you. We’ll talk about what to do before data meetings, during, and after to ensure they’re a better use of your time.
    Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    • 27 min
    EP233 Five ways to use playfulness in your lessons to prevent burnout (with Laura Gellin)

    EP233 Five ways to use playfulness in your lessons to prevent burnout (with Laura Gellin)

    If you and your students are already losing motivation this year, here’s how to inject focused energy, student agency, and joy back into your classroom.
    Learn how to bring the benefits of play into your classroom and why students need playfulness now more than ever, including at the middle and high school level.
    Using this brain-based, research-backed approach explained by teacher Laura Gellin, you’ll be able to leverage aspects of play to design learning experiences that will engage, empower, and enliven your students.
    You can read or share Laura's guest post on Truth for Teachers about this topic here: https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/5-ways-to-prevent-burnout-by-bringing-more-playfulness-to-your-classroom-even-if-you-teach-middle-or-high-school
    Or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    • 31 min
    EP232 The coaching mindset: How to think like an instructional coach to refine your teaching (with Nicole Turner)

    EP232 The coaching mindset: How to think like an instructional coach to refine your teaching (with Nicole Turner)

    Have you ever wanted to coach yourself, use peer coaching, or better utilize an instructional coach assigned to your school?
    In this episode, I’m talking with Nicole Turner, an instructional coach, author, and the Creative Director at Simply Coaching + Teaching, LLC. We’re talking about the mindset shifts needed to set your own goals, and choosing areas you care about improving in your teaching (rather than simply working on whatever you’re told to improve on).
    And, if you're an instructional coach yourself, go to https://join.40htw.com/coaches to learn more abou the new 40 Hour Instructional Coaching program that Nicole and I just released together this summer. It's designed to help you streamline your tasks so you'e not working endlessly on nights and weekends.
    Nicole shares how you can identify your own professional goals related to topics that matter to you, then use self-coaching, peer coaching with a trusted colleague, or an instructional coach to help you meet those goals. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try in your classroom, or something that’s not working well and you want support, this episode will offer some strategies to help you to be more “coachable: and get the input you need.
    Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    • 23 min
    EP231 How to differentiate parent communication while setting healthy boundaries (with Erika Walther)

    EP231 How to differentiate parent communication while setting healthy boundaries (with Erika Walther)

    Some families want detailed updates on EVERYTHING...and others only want to be contacted for the most important stuff. How can you meet individual family needs WITHOUT burning yourself out?
    Listen in on my conversation with Erika Walther, a teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. She shares how she’s learned to differentiate communication for students’ families and find ways to build relationships with them while still maintaining healthy boundaries for yourself.
    We reflect a lot on the specific challenges ahead for families and we enter what is now the third school year that’s been impacted by COVID, beginning with a conversation about supporting parents in managing the abundance of new information, policies, and communication they receive from the school.
    You can read or share Erika’s guest post on Truth for Teachers about this topic here. Or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    • 30 min
    EP230 Your most powerful tool for creating a respectful, inclusive class culture (with Jennifer Brinkemeyer)

    EP230 Your most powerful tool for creating a respectful, inclusive class culture (with Jennifer Brinkemeyer)

    If you’ve assumed class meetings wouldn’t work for your grade level or you don’t have time, this conversation with teacher Jennifer Brinkmeyer will be absolutely transformative!
    How we start the school year communicates who we believe students are and how we expect students will act. You can co-construct community and rules with students through a weekly ritual dedicated to connecting with one another, anticipating the group’s ongoing needs, and solving problems.
    This pro-active approach was foundational to creating a sense of community in my own PreK, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade classrooms, and in Jennifer’s 7th-12th grade classrooms. Listen in as we share our experiences and best practices which are rooted in equity, inclusion, and mutual respect.
    Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    • 32 min

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EmpoweredEvie ,

Excellent podcast for educators!

I am a big fan of Angela. She was in the trenches for years as an elementary school teacher and brings that perspective into every episode. Angela shares her passion and enthusiasm for teachers. I love her advice and take a ways. She truly cares about the whole the teacher... body, mind, and spirit. This podcast is always uplifting and inspiring! Thank you, Angela!

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Love your episode on media literacy

Kinder_Sarah ,

Finally I Feel Heard!!!

For so long I’ve felt as a teacher that no one truest gets it. In staff meetings we are always told to
Focus on the positive and never share the vulnerabilities of the truth about teachings. This past year in particular was incredibly hard for me and my mental health. I reached out and asked if they could address what we all were going through but no one would talk about. It left me feeling so isolated and in the trenches of my depression. Then I found this podcast and the first episode I listened to was about the truth of pandemic teaching. I finally felt heard and that someone was speaking the truth about how hard it is to be a teacher especially in these times. I wish I could rate this podcast 10 stars. Thank you Angela for speaking the truth with a beautiful genuine voice and give me and hopefully other teachers like me hope in the coming school year.

With a renewed sense of hope,
Sarah

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