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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.

    EP244 How to take a sabbatical with me over your winter break

    EP244 How to take a sabbatical with me over your winter break

    What might be possible if you use some of your days off this December to take a true rest from not only DOING school work, but THINKING about school?
    This episode is an invitation to join me in taking a sabbatical from everything school-related during some portion of your winter holiday break.
    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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    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers/id954139712?mt=2
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    • 20 min
    EP243 Reclaim your weeknights by balancing the "task triangle" (with Marissa Minnick)

    EP243 Reclaim your weeknights by balancing the "task triangle" (with Marissa Minnick)

    Although each day holds the same 24 hours, there is something that we have come to accept as being innately different between "5:00pm on a Friday" compared to "5:00pm on a Wednesday.”
    Not only is it untrue that the weekend is the only time to exhale after the impact of the workweek, but this also skirts around an important truth: The way that we choose to spend a weeknight has a more immediate impact on our ability to renew ourselves the next day than a weekend sprint of self-care.
    In this episode, my guest (middle school teacher Marissa Minnick) shares how thinking about your tasks as belonging to a sort of task triangle can help. The task triangle includes space for activities that attend to your immediate self, your future self, and your sense of self. Marissa’s found that her productivity and energy soar the next workday when she’s taken time to invest in that third portion of the task triangle.
    Listen in as Marissa shares 4 tips for balancing the task triangle and using your weeknights to dedicate time for things that help you feel re-energized.
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    • 26 min
    EP242 Is this our toughest school year yet?

    EP242 Is this our toughest school year yet?

    If you’re among the educators who find 2021-2022 is shaping up to be even more challenging than last school year, this episode is for you.
    I want to validate your experiences and challenges, and point you to a path forward even when it feels like you’re powerless to make things better. There ARE positive developments happening, and it’s due in large part to educators speaking up and speaking out about what they need, and setting limits on what they will and won't do. When enough educators resist, the momentum shifts, and we create systemic change.
    I have no easy answers or magic bullet solutions. But I know that you’re not alone in what you’re facing, and that means you don’t have to work through it alone.
    Be encouraged. Be courageous.
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    • 28 min
    EP241 6 myths about English Language Learners I wish I’d debunked sooner (with Houa Yang-Xiong)

    EP241 6 myths about English Language Learners I wish I’d debunked sooner (with Houa Yang-Xiong)

    ELs don’t earn differently from native-English speakers, but they do have specific needs that are often misunderstood.
    Today I’m sharing 6 myths about English Language Learners I wish I’d debunked sooner. These are beliefs and assumptions I held at the beginning of my teaching career, and unlearned them slowly over time.
    I think you’ll find that they’re super common myths, and in fact my guest today has also worked through many of them, and encounters them frequently among her fellow educators. Houa Yang-Xiong is currently an elementary ESOL (English Speaker of Other Languages) teacher working with students in grades 3-5 of various backgrounds, native languages, and English-proficiency levels.
    Houa is a writer for the Truth for Teachers collective, and will be sharing articles regularly to help both ESL teachers and gen ed teacher who have ELLs in their classroom. I’m so grateful to have her expertise, particularly as she is an Asian-American, specifically, Hmong-American, and a bilingual speaker herself, so she has a unique window into what her students experience which she’ll share here.
    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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    • 20 min
    EP240 The big 5 tips for productivity to reduce overwhelm (with Amy Stohs)

    EP240 The big 5 tips for productivity to reduce overwhelm (with Amy Stohs)

    There are 5 overarching principles that can help you streamline and simplify your workload so that you feel less overwhelmed.
    I call these principles “The Big 5 Tips for Teacher Productivity”, and I’ve woven them all throughout the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program (both the Full Year version that kicks off each summer as well as the self-paced Fast Track version, which you can begin any time).
    I’ve invited Amy Stohs, a member of the 40 Hour team, to share what the “Big 5” looks like in her daily teaching practice, and I love her unique spin on these time-tested ideas:
    Eliminate unintentional breaks Figure out the main thing and do it first Work ahead by batching and avoid multi-tasking unless the work is mindless. Relax any of your standards that create unnecessary work to a level that no one else will notice but you. Use scheduling to create boundaries around your time. Amy shares specific, actionable steps she’s taken for each of these principles to help her regain control of her time and get more done with less effort.
    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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    • 44 min
    EP239 Five things I’ve learned as a white teacher working in a Black community (with Sara Singer)

    EP239 Five things I’ve learned as a white teacher working in a Black community (with Sara Singer)

    If your cultural, racial, or socio-economic background is different from that of your students, there can be a learning curve as you build rapport.
    In today’s episode, I’m talking with Sara Singer, a high school special education teacher on Chicago’s South Side. Sara loves to co-teach and support students with disabilities in the general education classroom. She is also passionate about equity and creating rigorous, student-centered curricula.
    Sara is a writer for the Truth for Teachers collective, and her first article is tackling a pretty tricky subject: what happens when you are of a different race, ethnicity, or cultural background than your students. Sara is white — specifically, Jewish in her heritage —and her student population is almost 100% Black.
    She shares 5 core understandings she’s developed in building her cultural competency over the years. I think you’ll find that this conversation is empowering and helpful to anyone working in a diverse community or with families whose identities and lived experiences are different from your own.
    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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    • 38 min

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Great Support for Higher Ed

I am a Community College Composition Professor, and this podcast has helped me so much! Although higher Ed has very different work week structures than K-12, the workload for college English is tremendous. This podcast has helped with finding work/life balance and rethinking my priorities to make room for my own interests and self-care. Thank you!

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A MUST LISTEN FOR EDUCATORS!!!

I am a 5th year teacher and have worked in public, charter and independent schools in California. Teaching is such a particular profession and it’s hard for non-teachers to understand the ebbs and flows of what we go through on a daily basis. Not only does Angela deeply understand the profession but she is so reflective, responsive and supportive to educators everywhere. She always seems to say exactly what I need to hear, when I need to hear it. This is the best investment you could make with your time on a Sunday. It always gives me ideas and sets my mind straight for the week. Thank you for all you do, Angela. If you’re not sure about it, give it a listen, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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