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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

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 1.1K Ratings

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.

    EP263 How to reframe a negative situation when you just can't move on

    EP263 How to reframe a negative situation when you just can't move on

    We’ve all had hurtful or upsetting incidents with colleagues, parents, and students that we can’t seem to move past.
    How do you change your thinking in order to move on? How do you stop carrying around the weight of what happened Folks in our Truth for Teachers Podcast Community were invited to submit their situations anonymously, and tell me about the stuff that they just can’t move past.
    We’re tackling unfair accusations, stressful interactions with students, and attacks on the teaching profession.
    I’m sharing some thought work practice that can help you get over negative situations so you no longer feel as anxious or upset about them.
    If you’re just not over it and can’t let it go … here’s a collection of mental reframing approaches to try.
    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
    Introducing NEW Truth for Teachers playlists!

    Introducing NEW Truth for Teachers playlists!

    I first started this podcast back in 2015, and nearly 300 episodes later, I’m proud to say there’s a wealth of helpful information available to you.
    But… you don’t have time to listen to 300 episodes.
    How do you know you didn’t miss out on something great awhile back?
    What if there’s something you need to hear NOW that I haven’t talked about in awhile?
    Enter the NEW Truth for Teachers playlists.
    I’ve carefully curated the episodes I’m most proud of — and that I think will help you most — from our seven years of podcasting.
    Choose from: 
    The Greatest Hits Playlist: A collection of the most popular and impactful episodes The Encouragement Playlist: Mindset tips and motivation to help rejuvenate and inspire you The Productivity Playlist: Time and energy management ideas to create work/life balance The Student Engagement Playlist: Innovative teaching strategies that build a healthy classroom culture Visit https://truthforteachers.com/playlists/ to learn more and get the one you want sent straight to your inbox!

    • 4 min
    EP262 The 3 day weekend mindset

    EP262 The 3 day weekend mindset

    What if you were able to have a 3 day weekend EVERY week? Obviously you still need to show up to school 5 days a week and give your best each day.
    But you can shift your perception of how the week is structured to maximize time for rest and recovery. Listen as I share:
    How all days/hours are not experienced equally (some are more valuable for specific purposes, some feel longer and other shorter) Why weekends feel too short, and how beginning them sooner is a better solution than stretching them out longer How to approach your time each day of the week to get your most productive work done before the “long weekend” and truly relax on your time off This episode is a playful approach to mindset. Experiment with how you use your time so that you can have more time for everything that matters most!
    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.

    • 21 min
    EP261 The Swiss Cheese Model: letting go of “all or nothing” thinking

    EP261 The Swiss Cheese Model: letting go of “all or nothing” thinking

    This short, encouraging episode explains how you can tackle really difficult problems using layers of imperfect solutions, rather than giving up doing anything altogether.

    This approach is used in healthcare, aviation safety, computer security, and more…why not uncover a real place for it in K-12 education, as well?
    We can work to create positive change in our schools, communities, nation, and planet if we think in terms of multiple layered solutions, rather than waiting for that one big perfect thing that fixes it all forever.
    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.

    • 11 min
    EP260 Three ways to create teaching templates that will save you 5-10 hours a week (with Marguerite Rendelfs)

    EP260 Three ways to create teaching templates that will save you 5-10 hours a week (with Marguerite Rendelfs)

    Save yourself huge amounts of time by reusing your own work! Teacher Marguerite Rendelfs has developed a plan to create reusable resources that saves her between five and ten hours every week.
    One major shift in my mindset that she learned through the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program that has helped her in many situations is this:
    We often focus on saving time right now. Considering how we can use our current work to save time for ourselves in the future can be a game-changer.
    Marguerite shares, “Last school year, I’ve realized I can build templates while I’m doing my daily work, which saves time and batches the work I’ll be doing in the future. Now I love templates. They boost my productivity and focus my attention. When I notice that I’m repeatedly spending time on the same type of task, I evaluate whether a template might be helpful.”
    Templates are most effective when a task is repetitive, generalizable, detailed, and time-consuming. If a template might be effective, you can build one as you work. Listen as Marguerite shares her process for using 3 kinds of templates:
    Student accommodations Instructional materials and activities Comment banks for student feedback Then, check out her article at TruthforTeachers.com to see step-by-step instructions, examples of her templates, and more.
    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.

    • 29 min
    EP259 Set a target number of hours to work...and stick to it

    EP259 Set a target number of hours to work...and stick to it

    You can decide this school year to find a sustainable approach to your workload.
    How? By not trying to work until everything is done. It’s NEVER all going to be done, which means you’re always either going to be working or feel like you should be working.
    Instead, I’m going to teach you a principle I share in the 40 Hour Workweek programs I run for teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders. It’s the Target Number Planner.
    You can create a schedule in which you determine — at the start of each week — how much time you’re willing to spend on school stuff, and how you’re going to allocate those hours.
    Choosing a target number of hours to work is not about perfection, it’s about intentionality. You’re simply deciding in advance how many hours you’d like to allocate to work, and being mindful of how your time is being used. This is the start of a mindset shift more than anything else, as you practice fitting work into your life instead of life into your work.
    If you want support with setting and sticking to a target number, remember that the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Fast Track program is open to new members all year long.
    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.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

213-6th grade ,

Wow!

Awesome! It is a great podcast for teachers struggling to do it all. I’m starting my 15th year of teaching and still growing as an educator. Whenever colleagues approach me about mindset, classroom management concerns, instructional techniques…I share this podcast (and Angela’s books and website). Highly recommend!!

AlliValle ,

Best Teaching Podcast

I love that this podcast is never focused on complaining about our profession. Angela Watson offers insights for educators in a gentle manner. Her guests are all so well-informed and have relevant advice to share as well. My only complaint is that I only get one episode a week!
My first year of teaching, I listened to an episode almost every morning on my way into school. I’m so thankful for this podcast; it’s episodes have had a tremendous positive impact on my life, my peace of mind, and my teaching practices.
Thank you Angela!

Saraelmej ,

Awesome

This changed the way I look at my job as a teacher! Very helpful. Thank you!

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