Classroom Management

Podcast Review: Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers

“Remember, it’s not going to be easy – it’s going to be worth it.”
Blogger, consultant, and educator extraordinaire Angela Watson ends every one of her “Truth for Teachers” podcasts with this Art Williams quote – one that any educator would agree we know all to well. But the content of her podcasts do make the various battles in education easier, and, most certainly is worth the listen.
Beginning with her first podcast in December 2014, Watson has released more than 70 episodes over the span of 4 seasons (and growing). All the podcasts are free (with no advertisements, either), and there are honest and compelling truths in each. Some of my favorites include (with links to the specific episode where you can read the transcripts or download the audio):
Five classroom management questions in 15 minutes – one can tell from first listen that Watson is a maestro of classroom control; for teachers who find this as a weakness, she helps begin the long left turn to make it a strength
Why teacher-authors don’t give everything away for free (and neither should you) – Sorry, you teachers who still think everything should be creative commons; Watson asks – “Where did this idea come from–that anyone who wants to make a difference is supposed to do it for free? So the only people who deserve to get paid are the people who AREN’T helping others?”I have personally spent 1,000s of hours on my lessons, and that’s time that has cost me with my family, friends, and writing. So I post it on the Jake Miller’s Creative Social Studies store – and I don’t feel bad about it. Why? Because I deserve the $3 per play I write since it took me hours to create it, hours I could’ve spent with my son and wife.
How to deal with a principal who just doesn’t “get it” – While Watson admits how difficult it is to be an administrator (and so does fellow TER writer Emily Madden in her must read article), she offers three points of advice: find common ground, create change on your own in your school, or find a new place to work.
Intentional connectivity: why my phone no longer controls me (and how you can take charge, too) – my grandmother used to teach an adage that “we hate in others what we hate most in ourselves.” So, those teachers who often complain about students being attached to their phones are often, themselves, equally addicted. Take this 21-day journey to break your habit.

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