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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.

    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
    5 FREE ways to join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek this summer

    5 FREE ways to join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek this summer

    Want PD for teacher productivity but don't want to pay out of pocket? We've got you covered.

    The upcoming school year is going to be different than anything we’ve faced before as educators. I know that as a teacher, you’re going to need more support in managing your workload and staying in balance.
    The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek has already helped more than 32,000 teachers take control of their time, and the program is getting brand new updates for this summer’s cohort.
    40 Hour is online professional development for teacher productivity, designed to help you find a sustainable way to teach. Each month throughout the yearlong program, you’ll get timely practical resources for getting organized, streamlining your workflow, and staying focused on what really moves the needle for kids. 
    The Full Year program is only offered once a year — it starts in July, and with early bird access beginning June 7th.
    You can’t join YET, but I wanted you to have a heads up now about alternative ways to get funding. That way if paying out of pocket isn’t a good option, you can plan to have the $149 covered when the club opens next month:
    Apply for a scholarship. We’re TRIPLING the number of scholarships for the upcoming cohort — 60 applicants will get to join the club for free! — and extending the application period through May 25th. See if your school has unused PD funds that must be spent by June 30th. With conferences and speakers cancelled, there may be money for professional development right now that wouldn’t normally be available. We’ll make sure the invoice shows a May or June date, and get you enrolled before the fiscal year ends. Ask your admin about enrolling in online PD for the coming school year to support you in the new teaching expectations. Even with budget cuts, there is always funding allocated to PD that must be used for only that purpose. Most districts will be prioritizing online PD next year instead of face-to-face, and 40 Hour is one of the most affordable options available.  Get DonorsChoose funding. 40 Hour is a recognized PD provider with DonorsChoose, and you can raise funds to help you learn best practices for maximizing instructional time. We have verbiage you can use to help create the project and explain how it benefits kids. So If you teach in a public school in the United States, you can create what’s called a “special project” and solicit donations for PD just like you would for any other DonorsChoose request. The project must be fully funded by July 15th, 2020, in order for you to join with the July cohort. Ask friends or family to sponsor you. We have quite a few members who received their membership as a present. If you have an upcoming birthday or other celebration, tell folks that this course is the gift you need most. Gift certificates are available now for purchase. Whether you’ll be teaching remotely, working on a staggered schedule, using a hybrid model, or some other new reality … you won’t have to figure out what next school year is going to look like on your own. 
    This program will connect you with emerging best practices and a community of other teachers who are committed to being truly intentional with their time and staying focused on what matters most.
    And the best part?
    Whenever the fall-out from this crisis is behind us and social distancing is no longer a concern for schools in your local area, you’ll STILL have access to all the resources you need.
    The July 2020 cohort is also going to get all the “regular” materials which are designed for face-to-face instruction, so you can utilize them as soon as they’re relevant.
    That’s because this program is designed to help you simplify throughout your teaching career — no matter what or where or how you teach later on. 
    Yep — you keep your access to all the materials AND the Face

    • 12 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.

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    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
    EP196 Some parts of teaching are BETTER with remote learning. Here’s how to leverage that.

    EP196 Some parts of teaching are BETTER with remote learning. Here’s how to leverage that.

    Crisis distance learning has improved teaching and learning in some surprising (and not-so-surprising ways) over the last couple of weeks.
    There’s no doubt that it’s been stressful trying to make the transition so abruptly, but I thought it might be helpful to do an episode on the positives some folks are seeing, too.
    Whether you secretly prefer remote teaching or if you just wish you were back in your classroom again, this episode will help you focus on the potential benefits of teaching from home.
    You’ll learn some emerging best practices and positive reports from teachers about their experiences with distance learning to help you make the best of this time.
    You’ll also hear a call-to-action: observe and document which practices are getting good results (or perhaps better results than face-to-face instruction) for your students.
    You don't have to figure out now how to carry this over to next school year, but having a record of what you're seeing to prove the benefits of now vs the traditional ways of doing school may be helpful to you later in creating permanent change.
    If that feels overwhelming, then just pick one thing. What’s one thing you’re doing differently right now that’s working better for you and your students, which you might be able to use in future school years? Keep evidence of that. Experiment with it, a lot, to learn what works and what doesn’t. See where your observations take you in your practice.
    Listen in now for some inspiration and ideas to get you started!
    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.

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So thankful for Angela’s commitment to equipping teachers in all aspects of life! This podcast is quick, easy to fit into a busy schedule, and packed full of practical advice for teaching and life.

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This has been the top teacher podcast in my rotation for years. Angela addresses real and tough situations with honesty and thoughtful reflection. I've learned more about my teaching attitude and acumen by listening and reflecting myself. Highly recommended!

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This is a fantastic podcast that provides excellent content to encourage and support teachers! I can’t say how much I have appreciated her content during virtual learning this year especially. I would strongly recommend this for any teacher!

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