Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers

Education #134Courses #12

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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  • Eli8512
    Where have you been all my (teaching) life
    I wish I had jumped on the podcast wagon a long time ago. I have five years of teaching experience and am now on a break due to the pandemic and family needs. However, I had recently sworn to myself that I can’t see myself ever going back into the classroom full time. I have had such horrible experiences, many having just been in bad situations, and other experience due to my own inability to handle these situations. But after stumbling across this podcast, I have been able to feel motivated again- to see the reasons I have enjoyed the job at times, and been given very good strategies on how to handle things better in the future. Thank you for your inspiring words. If only all principals were like you... but since they aren’t I am happy to have your ideas on how to get past that :) Thank you deeply.
  • TheEggBabyCult
    a great resource!
    i’m a preservice teacher and Angela’s podcast has been invaluable to me. i feel that this podcast is just as essential to my success in my future career as my teaching program. she covers extremely useful and practical topics and i truly feel more prepared as a result. so much of what isn’t taught in preservice teacher programs, like organizing your time, taking care of yourself, and managing teacher stress is discussed in Truth for Teachers. i am so grateful for this podcast, give it a listen!
  • LGrewe
    Essential Teaching podcast
    Angela speaks to my teaching heart. She’s so wise and has educators’ best interests at heart. I learn so much every week. English teachers, give it a try.
  • Ms Steele1
    Teachers who are not ok
    This was my first episode, and I am all in. I’m crying, renewed, heard, and inspired. Thanks for this.
  • Stebrah
    On point about perfectionism
    One of my go-to and favorite podcasts for bettering myself as a teacher and person! Her strategies and advice make practical sense and are never overwhelming to remember. I especially like the contemporary focus of her podcasts ie what is happening socially, academically, or comments on the shifts in education and our classroom. I love how teacher well-being is on the forefront of each podcast. Thank you, Angela, for giving this to teachers.
  • EnigmaticManifesto
    Practical and healing
    I am so thankful I started listening to this podcast while in my teacher prep program. It has helped me grow as a person, a student, and a teacher, directing me to focus on what matters most and showing up as my full, authentic self. I don’t know how I could have made it through my first year without the help of Angela keeping things in perspective for me. Recently, the episode of Freedom Dreaming with Tanesha??? Hearing two amazing educators talking about how they show up for their students every day, in every decision, within and outside of the school building was inspiring and reassuring. It reminded me of all the times where I give power over to the students, and how it’s not perfect AND it works better than when I take over. We can transform our classrooms and schools to be what students need. We just need to listen to them and give up our power. Truly, thank you for always putting out what I need to hear, when I need to hear it.
  • Mz Tiffany
    Great Teacher Tips and Tricks
    Thank you Angela Watson for your podcast! It is great to hear from other teachers and pick up some tips and tricks and strategies that can help become a better teacher.
  • 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
    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.
  • phenomteacher
    I fell into this Podcast while searching for Podcast for African American teachers. I am so pleased with your authenticity and your worldview. Thank you for sharing your “authentic voice!@
  • mary chloe
    Best podcast for teachers!
    Wow! This podcast is life changing. Truly. As the name states, Angela Watson speaks the truth about being in education. She offers practical advice on how to manage an appropriate work/ life balance. She is so honest, yet so poised. She touches on all of the issues most teachers are hesitant to talk about. I would recommend this to ANY one in education!
  • JenBanks16
    Phenomenal Podcast!
    I love this podcast!! It helped me make it through my first year teaching kindergarten. Now that I'm staying home with my littles, I find it's even applicable in every day life!! Thank you so much!!
  • Savedbygrace65
    Very practical advice
    Angela inspires educators to be all in. Thanks for the practical advice and for speaking the truth. Keep up the great work!
  • Becca Wierwille
    Go-to Teaching Inspiration
    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.
  • merryteacher
    The best teacher podcast
    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!
  • staceyout
    Thank You!
    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!
  • mastersonspanish
    The Truth for Teachers Podcast is the voice I’ve been looking for as an educator. It has given me so much affirmation to be proud of who I am as a teacher. Thank you so much for imparting your wisdom and compassion with us, Angela! It means more to me than you will ever know.
  • kakraeger
    Extra Helpful Episode!
    I’m a long-time listener, so I knew Angela would have great, really helpful ideas for winding down this far from normal school year. She delivered with guidance, support, and several easy-to-implement ideas for fun and meaningful closing activities. Thank you Angela for your sensitive and caring approach to a difficult situation. Fantastic job!
  • Jd315
    Comforting Tips and Advice
    I discovered this podcast after reading a transcript someone posted on social media after schools shut down during the coronavirus crisis. It was like discovering a life raft in the middle of a storm. I quickly tuned in to the podcast and was immediately comforted and my racing thoughts and anxieties were quieted by the steady voice on the other end letting me know I’m not alone and I don’t have to be perfect. This podcast is exactly what we need now and in the future.
  • Chastain Ceramics
    This podcast is a 1st year teacher life saver!!
    This podcast is a 1st year teacher life saver!! Best teaching podcast out there & every week I always look forward to listen to each new podcast released. Angela has wonderful teaching insight and also a soothing, calm voice, so her teaching tips never sound annoying or repetitive. (which sounds weird, but a narrator’s voice plays a big role for me when it comes to listening to any good podcast in general) I am a recent college graduate with a ceramics degree in Fine Visual Arts (so a non-education major with no teaching experience whatsoever) and this is my 1st year teaching, ever. My subject area is Ceramics, teaching high school students about pottery. I love Angela’s overall philosophy and this podcast always has great insight on the true lifestyle of being a teacher and hearing a fresh, optimistic teacher perspective (giving great advice that a fresh teacher desperately needs). So Thank you Angela!!!!! for taking time to create such a great resource to listen to, especially when I’m feeling stressed out or feel like quitting on bad days during the school year. I will sure miss this podcast over the summer and look forward to hearing from you soon!! Stay well!
  • teachinginmn
    Wise and comforting
    I’m so happy I stumbled on this podcast. Teaching is challenging in even the best circumstances.’s crazy! Angela is calm, reasonable, encouraging, even prophetic. We need her voice and more like it.
  • katejones3kidsandteaching
    Love, love this podcast!
    I love this podcast. I turn it on find short and measurable strategies that make sense. Lots of wisdom and mindsets that beat true. I can’t believe how much more efficient I’ve become as a teacher and I’ve also learned to stop beating myself up over perfecting everything I do in the classroom. So many morsels to take away! Angela, thanks for staying current with these crazy times and speaking with grace.
  • hendelonthemic
    A true gift
    This podcast is a true gift for everyone. I myself am not an educator, but came across this podcast as I was doing research during the pandemic to understand what is happening with remote learning, and loved Angela’s approach to talking people through this moment. Parents would benefit listening as well, to know how much effort educators put into their craft, and why they deserve advocacy efforts for the best working conditions. Thank you and looking forward to continuing to listen in the fall!
  • ncteacher123
    Calm in the chaos
    Listening to this podcast while working from home as a teacher. This gives such great reminders especially about setting realistic expectations about what is actually important in my life and my students’ lives right now.
  • Paula Poom
    Angela is a calming factor in these chaotic times. Your remarkable sense of the well being of teachers is such talent that benefits so many. I look to your podcasts to feed my teacher soul. Needless to say, you make a difference in my life.
  • mcarolinem
    LIke sharing a cup of tea with an old friend!
    You're part of my Sunday evening routine! I'm trying to remember, going on two years now? Your topics help to get my pre-week mindset going. Teaching is a second chapter career (yes, what was I thinking!?!) and for a variety of reasons, not all having to do with school, the past few years been challenging - you've been a lifeboat. The array of topics you address speak to the complexities of the world of an educator. I also appreciate the work you do to advocate not only for teachers but for the children. You've found your niche! Thanks!
  • Lift Up Leaders
    Oh my goodness!!! A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. 🌟
    A friend suggested I check out Angela's podcast- many months ago- and today I thought I'd check out an episode. I listened to #186 and loved every second- it made my list of best ever podcast episodes. Then I listened to #188- which was so amazing that I shared with my family and husband. Now I'm binge listening to make up for all the years I've missed out on this amazing podcast. This. 💫 This is what I've been looking for- the blend of actionable personal development strategies that truly support our growth as teachers and humans. The content may be geared for teachers, though anyone looking to improve their relationships and work habits should listen. I wish there were 6 stars. I ❤️ this podcast!
  • Talk faster
    Useful for more than just teachers
    I’m an academic advisor at a university and this podcast has helped me look critically at how I spend my time and ways I can cut down the extra time I spend after work. Her tangible, concrete ideas are so useful and she’s great at reminding me to reign in my perfectionism monster!
  • kyle_seau
    Given me a new perspective
    Truth for Teachers is a podcast all educators should make time to listen to. I stumbled upon this podcast last year when I googled “how to beat teacher burn out”. I had a challenging school year and I love my job, so I didn’t want to burn out. I knew that if I continued down the path of my life revolving around school, I would not be able to do what I love for much longer. In my google search I found The Cornerstone for Teachers and then discovered Truth for Teachers. After a few podcasts, I was hooked! I am now enrolled in the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. This year I have been making efforts to make more time for me, and realizing that when I make time for myself and my family this actually allows me to be a better teacher. I have had to train myself to rethink my thinking. Although it has not been an easy journey, it is (as Angela says) worth it!
  • It's just Beachie
    Thank you!
    You have been nothing but helpful! I love your new book and your podcast. It’s so refreshing to hear that I can have a successful classroom and go home at a reasonable hour. Thank you!
  • sq1000
    Makes me want to go back into the classroom
    I was very skeptical about Angela Watson when I heard about her. Oh great someone else who isn’t teaching telling me what to do...but then I listened! Her brilliant insights, her perspective and her structural analysis are deeply needed in our broken education system and the brokenness that so many educators are grappling with personally. I have been recommending this podcast left and right. I’m on a break from classroom teaching and she makes me want to dive right back in.
  • cherylwk
    Angela Watson is truly inspirational. She has helped me to see what is truly important for me in my quest for work life balance.
  • Wonderette4
    If you are a teacher, listen to this podcast!
    With such a high rate of new teachers dropping out of teaching by year 3, I think there needs to be more support for them. I am in my 3rd year and I am so thankful for this podcast! Angela has given me encouragement and so much great advice! I feel like she has been my own personal mentor these past years. There is a wealth of practical information. I highly recommend this podcast to any teacher but especially new ones!
  • India2003
    Best Podcast Ever! Seriously.
    The Truth for Teachers podcast (and 40 Hour Workweek Club) has changed my teaching and my life for the better. It has helped me streamline in my classroom, has encouraged me to have a positive mindset, and has fed my soul. I love that I can get concrete tips for my classroom from one episode, while learning how to shift my mindset to a more positive one in another episode. I finally finished listening to the whole podcast, and I love that Angela has included episodes that touch on educational reform, social justice, calls to action, and personal growth. This podcast has it all, and if I want to listen to another episode again, I can just go to her Facebook group she created specially for the podcast (Truth for Teachers Podcast Community) and search there, or have a conversation with others if I desire. Thank you, Angela, for being awesome and sharing your wisdom with us!
  • MMBHoneybee
    Cornerstone is the perfect word for this — I really don’t know what I would do without her honest and compassionate voice. She shares so many of my beliefs and challenges that she actually helps me like myself more. She gives great advice on the nuts and bolts stuff of teaching, too!
  • bulldog314
    A new teacher’s balm
    I am a second year high school teacher, having earned a masters in my subject area 10 years ago, then decided to earn my teaching license while teaching full time. The learning curve has been steep, and painful! I found this podcast a few months ago, and each episode I have listened to has given me not only practical, useful advice, but also a validating feeling of not being alone. Your episode on not being afraid to change up routines and have a class conversation was so timely for me. My 8th period freshmen are giving me a run for my money. 😉😭 Thank you so much for this treasure of a podcast! I’ll keep listening!
  • Dltscott
    Voice of Reason
    Thank you for such an informative podcast. A teaching is not a career it’s a lifestyle for some of us and it never ending. This podcast really helps keeping things in perspective in balancing life and teaching. I would like to know if you could provide informal sessions on teaching in urban school districts. Thank you.
  • Staciluck
    A great resource for all teachers
    I have been teaching for 24 years and still have learned so much from this podcast! I wish I had been able to listen back in 1996! Thanks so much for the inspiring topics and ideas.
  • btr1392
    This podcast has healed me
    I could never have predicted how healing it has been to listen to Angela’s wise words of affirmation and advice after several very draining and difficult years in the classroom. It is not an exaggeration to say that her work has helped keep me teaching when I thought I was too burned out to continue. I listen every week to hear, “It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be worth it.”
  • louisianateacherajt
    Thank you!
    I just discovered this podcast and I have been catching up on all of the old episodes. I’ve even recommended it to coworkers. Your words are inspiring. I try really hard to have a positive mindset, but often fall short of that. Listening to your podcast gets me out of that “rut” of negativity and back on track to a positive, healthy mindset. It’s really done wonders for my mental health.
  • Cbajo13
    Life Saver- really!
    I found Angela Watson when a fellow teacher suggested her. My type-A, overachieving teacher self was about to burn out. What a source of education and relief for myself I have found here. Well worth the listen. Thank you for imparting so much wisdom, and at no cost! I will be raising $ to start the 40-hour work week program next year! THANK YOU! 😘
  • JTH55
    Great podcast for teachers!
    I found Angela’s podcast in my first year of teaching when I was feeling completely overwhelmed, isolated, and frustrated. Angela’s reflections, interviews, and advices helped center me in the toughest moments. I still love listening and learning new info and ideas. Angela helps look at common teacher problems from a new perspective.
  • 2016 Cohort
    I always Walk Away With a Relevant Bit of Advice!
    The Truth for Teachers podcast will give you an increased sense that you are not alone in the things that frustrate you or make you happy in your job as an educator. I am a member of the January 2016 40HTWC cohort and have been teaching for 17 years. I have never been disappointed with the materials in the club or the podcasts. The subject matter will almost always be relevant to me at some point during the year. It is one of the best personal PD I do for myself.
  • BellaBearBB
    Reminder: take care of your SELF
    I listened to the most recent episode, Angela's interview with Katrina Onstad...which prompted me to look for a copy of her book, "The Weekend Effect." I often find myself using my weekend to "get caught up" on schoolwork, or to do adulting things: cooking for the week, cleaning the house, yard work, etc. My passions include hiking, backpacking, and cycling, and I've - quite frankly - neglected them for the past 3 months. Those are the things I need in my life! Not more schoolwork.
  • dual teach
    Amazing free PD for teachers!!!!
    I have referred so many of my teacher friends to this podcast! Amazing and FREE pd!!! Angela has inspired me to love teaching again by helping me be more productive. When I need a little inspiration or I’m in need of an idea, Angela always has a solution. 👍🏼👍🏼
  • CarrieMara
    Well worth your time.
    Truth for Teachers is relevant, honest, and inspiring. I am always glad that I took the time to listen.
  • KVTeacher
    Very insightful and inspirational
    I’ve been listening to this podcast for over a year now and have enjoyed every single episode. I turn it on when I’m having a rough teaching day and it really puts things in perspective. It’s helped me get out of a teacher fixed mindset and maintain a growth mindset in regards to teaching. Its also inspired me to read your book and I have a good work life balance now due to some of the tips. Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing new episodes. -Kristy- Teaching for over 10 years
  • DW_74
    My favorite podcast!
    I love every episode and often re-listen to episodes in the car during my commute to and from school. Angela truly understands teachers!
  • kspoints
    Life affirming!
    I started listening to this podcast during the summer. I can’t remember who suggested it to me, but I’m so glad they did! I find affirmation in every episode and come away with ideas and strategies I can use to help me feel like I am more in control of my time. I have shared several episodes with my team at school, and now there’s a few of us who recommend specific strategies we learned in any given week’s episode. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it!
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