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Now displaying: October, 2021
Oct 31, 2021

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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Oct 24, 2021

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:

  1. Eliminate unintentional breaks
  2. Figure out the main thing and do it first
  3. Work ahead by batching and avoid multi-tasking unless the work is mindless.
  4. Relax any of your standards that create unnecessary work to a level that no one else will notice but you.
  5. 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.

Leave a review for the Truth for Teachers podcast here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers/id954139712?mt=2
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.podcasts
Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1KICZW01ohDN9jlkclrQew

Oct 17, 2021

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.

Leave a review for the Truth for Teachers podcast here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers/id954139712?mt=2
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.podcasts
Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1KICZW01ohDN9jlkclrQew

Oct 10, 2021

This episode is going to be a game changer! I'm talking with Megan Faherty, a long-time user of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program who's currently in her 17th year of teaching. Megan shares tons of practical strategies and a whole new approach to thinking about how you grade that has helped her reclaim her nights and weekends:

  • Shift 1: If you don’t have time to grade it, students don’t have time to learn from it.
  • Shift 2: Put grading on your to-do list when you assign it.
  • Shift 3: Grade the way that works.
  • Shift 4: Reduce guilt by being honest about your grading timeline.
  • Shift 5: Plan backwards from a goal.
  • Shift 6: Do the worst thing first.
  • Shift 7: Reduce dithering about points and decision fatigue

Check out Megan’s guest post as part of our Truth for Teachers collective here, then listen to the episode as I do a deeper dive with Megan and share my own tips and tricks, too.

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.

Leave a review for the Truth for Teachers podcast here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers/id954139712?mt=2
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.podcasts
Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1KICZW01ohDN9jlkclrQew

Oct 3, 2021

If you’re feeling jaded or frustrated with how little systemic change you believe you can make as a teacher, this episode is for you!

I’m talking with educator Jay Benedith, who noticed unhelpful patterns in her own thinking and is here to share how she’s unpacked them. Together, we’ll explore how to examine your beliefs and assumptions that prevent you from cultivating and exercising full equity leadership.

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.

Leave a review for the Truth for Teachers podcast here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers/id954139712?mt=2
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.podcasts
Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/angela-watsons-truth-for-teachers
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1KICZW01ohDN9jlkclrQew

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