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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.

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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.

    EP200 How to plan for the first week of school when everything feels uncertain

    EP200 How to plan for the first week of school when everything feels uncertain

    Whether you’re with kids face-to-face daily or a few days a week or totally online, I think it’s fair to say that your lessons for back-to-school this year are not going to be what you wish they could be.
    You probably won't be able to do what you did in previous school years. The sooner you can accept that, the easier it will be to plan because you won’t be spending so much energy shoehorning in activities that just aren’t going to work. The sooner you can accept that the start of this school year is not going to be optimal for you or your students, the easier it will be to see things in a really clear-headed way and find the best possible solutions.
    In this epsiode, I'll share the WHY and HOW for keeping your lesson plans simple for the first couple of weeks. As you get more answers from your district about what's expected, you'll be able to do build in more activities and experiences for kids. But, you don't have to have it all figured out before the first day of school.
    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.

    • 15 min
    Flexible resilience: My manifesto for the coming school year

    Flexible resilience: My manifesto for the coming school year

    I’ve been thinking a lot about where I personally can add the most value, and how I can offer support and resources in the way I do best.
    I’m going to share part of my manifesto here with you. These are my beliefs and goals that will shape the work I do around the changes coming this fall to our schools. You will see these perspectives interwoven into every resource from me this coming school year — emails, blog posts, podcast eps, social media posts, 40 Hour Workweek resources, and so on.
    Specifically, I'll share:
    The importance of time to rest and regroup before preparing lessons for the coming year Why you shouldn't wait for your district to finalize plans before you speak up about your needs How to seek out the overlap between what's best for teachers and what's best for kids How radical acceptance can prepare you to create much-needed change in our schools Ways a flexible, resilient pedagogy can simplify your workload and help you support students more effectively Why I believe the work we're doing this school year will be some of the most important of our careers 5 core beliefs that will guide the work I do this coming school year, and the ways I'll offer support Click here for links to the transcript and all resources mentioned.
    Join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

    I'll be back with the first episode of season 12 of the podcast on August 2nd. 

    • 31 min
    A message of hope + call to action

    A message of hope + call to action

     
    If you've been feeling like you can't make a difference right now, listen in for how you can stand up for racial justice and create positive change.

    I'll share why I am hopeful that uprising we're experiencing as a nation is leading us toward racial healing and equality, and what YOU can do to help.

    You have the power to uncover and root out discriminatory practices in your classroom, school, and district.

    There are actionable steps you can take starting today to do an informal "equity audit."

    The goal is to name and interrupt patterns of bias + racism in the way we do school, and it's one of the most impactful choices you can make as an educator who wants to create a better world for our kids.
    Click here for links to the transcript and all resources mentioned:
    https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/a-message-of-hope-call-to-action-for-justice/


     

    • 13 min
    EP199 Ending the school year virtually + crisis classroom closeout tips

    EP199 Ending the school year virtually + crisis classroom closeout tips

    We’re wrapping up Season 11 of the podcast in this episode, and talking about how to wrap up the school year, as well.
    The usual end-of-year activities won’t quite fit the bill right now, so I’m sharing how other teachers are creating closure for the year, even when they can’t be face-to-face with their students.
    I’ll also share a crisis classroom closeout process if you only have a few hours to shut down your room:
    Download the PDF here Get the editable checklist in a Google Doc here Season 12 of the podcast will begin in August, and I’ll check in periodically over the summer with bonus episodes and announcements to keep you in the loop.
    Thank you for listening, sharing, subscribing, and reviewing the podcast!
    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.

    • 14 min
    EP198 Three sneaky ways perfectionism is holding you back (even if you think you’re not a perfectionist)

    EP198 Three sneaky ways perfectionism is holding you back (even if you think you’re not a perfectionist)

    Perfectionism is not always about needing things to be perfect. It can look like an “all-or-nothing” mentality that keeps us from creating the change we want.
    My working theory is that everyone struggles with perfectionism, it simply manifests differently for different people. We all have our things that we are extremely particular about. Even folks who are super laid-back or happily disorganized or go-with-the-flow still have very defined preferences for certain aspects of their life.
    I think it’s the root word “perfect” that throws people off. Very few people actually try to make everything to be absolutely perfect with no flaws at all times.
    But, we do all sometimes have the belief that things have to be a certain way in order for us to be content or satisfied. Things have to match out personal standard in order to be acceptable — and that’s a sneaky form of perfectionism.
    In this episode, I’m going to share 3 thought patterns that you may recognize, explain how they’re actually tied to perfectionism, and give you some strategies to shift your thinking.
    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.

    • 17 min
    EP197 Creating systemic change and solving problems before they happen (with Dan Heath)

    EP197 Creating systemic change and solving problems before they happen (with Dan Heath)

    How do we reimagine schools and use this interruption to our lives to create a better normal post-pandemic?
    My guest in this episode is Dan Heath, a New York Times bestselling author of 5 books, the most recent being “Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.” This book is a MUST read for anyone who’s curious about how to create systemic change or how to improve our daily lives through pro-active problem-solving.
    Dan explains why we spend more time and resources fixing problems than preventing them. He gives concrete examples of people and organizations that have gone “upstream” to identify what’s creating havoc and fix things there, BEFORE the problems come to them downstream.
    We have an unprecedented opportunity right now for change in many areas: healthcare, the economy, the environment, and so on. Every part of our lives and society have been touched, and will be changed ... and it’s up to us to envision a better “new normal.”
    If you loved EP192 on reimagining schools and want more inspiration for how to move forward, I think you’ll find this episode fascinating.
    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.

    • 47 min

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genuinejake ,

Angela Watson Makes Teachers Better. Period.

Listening to Angela Watson's passionate and productive words is as meaningful as it is transformative. She helps teachers deal with the day-to-day, but is also unafraid to jump in and talk about the big issues dominating our attentions and minds. I'm a fan of all she puts out there.

LindseyMcLean @misslnzeteach ,

Can’t wait- 2020-2021

I am waiting not so patiently for the new season. I’ve listened to EVERY episode and I’m a graduate of the 40HTW group. I’m so thankful for Angela’s perspective and calm voice. She has improved my organization, focus, commitment and love for teaching. I hope her next season is full of advice and tips for teaching in this pandemic (virtually and F2F) and how to better address equality concerns for all of the kids in America. This is my Go-go podcast. Thank you, Angela, for all your inspiration and great advice.

Erussell36 ,

Refreshing

Y’all. I cannot shout out her praises enough. I have been listening to her podcast, “Truth for Teachers,” for about a year now and I love it. I stopped for a while because... life... so I’m catching up with the episodes that have happened since March. They are full of ideas and mind shifts that are helping me get pumped up for the new school year. Will I make mistakes? For sure- I do in school, so why would online be different? Will I find awesome new strategies, apps and ideas? You know it. It’s going to be hard. But it’s going to be with it.

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