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Uncategorized   |   Aug 18, 2010

How I spent my summer vacation

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

How I spent my summer vacation

By Angela Watson




My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in St. Lucia in June!  I’m embarrassed to say my inspiration for choosing that locale was, ahem, The Bachelor (next trip: Iceland! JK).  However, the island was every bit as spectacular as it appeared when Jake and Vienna gushed on and on about it. We climbed mountains, explored rainforests, went out on motorboats with the locals, swam, hiked, ziplined through the rainforest, toured the volcano, and soaked in the sulphur springs. Yes, that’s a lot. We did get a couples massage and try relaxing on the beach afterward for like, an hour, before we acknowledged that we’re just not the resort type and rode our rented bikes over to check out some historical ruins.

This summer, I also spent a tremendous amount of time reading, writing, and working on my website. This was both relaxing and incredibly productive. I switched to a new layout for the website which I love because it’s so incredibly easy to update. I added more than two dozen new pages of free teacher resources!  And…I’ve started on book #2! I’ll share more details about it in the coming months as I prepare for publication in spring 2011.

And now? I’m gearing up for the fall…I’ve been helping teachers in South Florida arrange and organize their classrooms, and will be doing the same thing in the NY tri-state area closer to Labor Day. If you’re in either of those locations and would like some help setting up your classroom, routines and procedures, or behavior management system, let me know and I’ll try to fit in a trip to your school!

I’m finalizing dates for both Las Vegas and San Francisco, so if you’re interested in having a classroom consultation or attending a workshop in either of those cities during the 2010-2011 school year, please email me so I can provide you with the details!

And maybe most exciting of all (for those of you who don’t live in any of those places and are thinking, crap, why doesn’t she ever come here?): I’ve also spent the summer creating classroom management on-demand webinars!  The first web seminar series I’m finishing up is based on my most-requested workshop topic, behavior management:

  • arranging your classroom to facilitate your procedures and routines
  • establishing clear expectations and modeling/reinforcing them
  • redirecting students without losing momentum in your lessons
  • providing meaningful feedback and rewards
  • addressing the needs of your most challenging kids through individualized behavior plans

You’ll be able to register for the webinars at a low cost and watch them on your computer any time. It’s like having your own personal workshop in which I’m speaking directly to you, but better, because you can enjoy quality professional development in your faded pajamas while you scarf down a gigantic bag of Cheetos. I’ll also be integrating some support options so you can ask questions via email, instant messaging, or video chat (Cheetos-dust-covered clothing allowed).

So, yes, many exciting things are happening right now! I’ve got a few weeks left before I start my work as an instructional coach in NYC schools, and I’m using the time to collect lots of resources for my teachers, which of course I’ll share online with you all, too. I’ve enjoyed reading–via Facebook, Twitter, and your blogs–about all the fun you guys have had this summer…looking forward to many more interesting and fun happenings during the school year!  ENJOY IT!

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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  1. That is so funny that you went to St. Lucia because of the Bachelor. A friend of mine just went on her honeymoon there in July and stayed in the same resort that Jake and Vienna did. We all thought that was super cool of course, LOL! So you’ve been in my old stomping grounds (S.FL). They get an extra week which I’m a little jealous of. I’ll be on the lookout for your webinars!

    1. Hey, Marlene! Good to hear from you. You know, I never would have thought of St. Lucia if it wasn’t for seeing the Piton mountains on the Bachelor. It must have been meant to be–I haven’t watched that stupid show in YEARS, and somehow got sucked into it last season. When I started researching the country online, I realized we couldn’t have picked a better island! It was just perfect. Unfortunately, I watched The Bachelorette this past season thinking I might fall in love with another place (and okay, because I was curious about what would happen to Ali), but actually I just lost brain cells. Now I’m picking our next destination like a normal person by going to travel websites. Whew.

  2. Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time in St. Lucia! How fun :). It sounds like you’re busy this back-to-school season — I’m excited about the free resources you’ve added (and yay for book number 2!) and looking forward to your webinars!!

    1. St. Lucia WAS fabulous, but I’ve really enjoyed being home and working on Cornerstone stuff. The webinars are driving me a bit nuts at the moment (my Outtakes/Bloopers reel has more footage than anything else right now) but they’re going to be AMAZING when they’re done! Woo-hoo!

  3. Come to CHARLOTTE!!! We teachers would love for you to come out and share your talent!

    Please upload your bloopers! That would be hilarious.

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