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“There HAS to be a better way to do this teaching thing, right?”
We’ve all asked ourselves that at some point, and I bet these statements sound familiar, too:
- I’m completely overwhelmed.
- Being a teacher has consumed every spare minute of my life.
- I work on school stuff constantly and yet I’m never done…and I still feel like I’m not doing enough.
- When I bring work home, I feel guilty for neglecting my family.
- I’m tired all the time, my house is a wreck, my errands keep piling up, and I’m not taking good care of myself.
- I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this.
- Something has to change.
My friend, you’re not alone. Every single day, I hear from teachers all around the country who are drowning in guilt and exhaustion over losing the battle for work/life balance.
Becky Burley's Story
"I thought I had done all that I could in terms of being productive and efficient. I accepted that this is what teaching was-a 24/7 stress cycle with some time off in the summer to recharge again. The club is teaching me that there are better, healthier ways to live as a teacher AND still be a great one."
The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is about
finding a better way to teach that is actually sustainable.
You might be wondering…
And, most importantly:
I’m Angela Watson…
…a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach.
I’ve been freely sharing hundreds of articles and resources on my website The Cornerstone since 2003, but I didn’t have a comprehensive solution for teachers’ biggest problem: a lack of TIME and ENERGY. I’ve now spent the last three years developing and refining the club content to create a research-based system that has already saved the sanity of thousands of teachers. Read on to learn how the club can help you get out of survival mode and love your work even more.
How does the club work?
Actionable Steps Each Week
You’ll get 52 WEEKS of new classroom-tested productivity ideas in both PDF and audio podcast form. We’ll go step-by-step through each focus area. Choose just 1 idea each week, & watch as small changes add up to big results!
Positive, Supportive Community
You can finally stop reinventing the wheel! Hundreds of other teachers will be sharing ideas and resources, answering your questions, and providing encouragement and accountability. You don’t have to do this alone!
Printables & Templates
More than $450 worth of forms and teacher resources are included. Some are club-exclusive; others are curated from the best of the digital marketplace so you don’t have to spend time + money searching them out.
Free Bonus Materials
The complete 40HTW List-Making System and The Big 5 Tips for Teacher Productivity are available as soon as you join. Many members say these resources transformed the way they approach their work AND their life.
Use our professional development log to track your learning if you’d like. At the end of your year in the club, you’ll receive a certificate for documentation. Your district may credit you for up to 104 continuing education hours.
Ongoing Support Indefinitely
You’ll keep your access to the membership site AND the Facebook community when your year is over at no charge! Revisit the resources and get support even as a club graduate, so you can maintain your new habits permanently.
Is the club really about working 40 hours?
Nope–but the “Choose Your Own Target Number That’s Realistic for Your Teaching Context and Adjust It Each Week for the Current Demands on Your Time Club” didn’t have quite the same ring to it!
40 is the number of contractual hours many educators are required to work (and it was MY target number as a classroom teacher.) The number 40 is designed to take you aback and get you thinking:
Wait, 40? Is that even possible? How many hours do I actually work? I wonder how many I COULD work, if I was more intentional and strategic with my time?
As a member, you’ll be encouraged to start by trimming 3-5 hours off your current workweek, and slowly lower that number throughout your year in the club.
The real goal of the club is to get organized, streamline routines, give kids ownership of the classroom, and be truly intentional about how you use your instructional, contractual, and personal time...and through that process, you’ll trim 3,5, or even 10+ hours off your workweek.
of members choose to remain in the club beyond the initial 30 day cancellation period
of members who joined last January began saving 3+ hours/wk within their first 14 days
The club resources are targeted toward general education K-12 teachers in the United States. The materials are ideal for 1st-8th grade teachers, and we have successful club members teaching everything from kindergarten through high school.
Around 55% of members are elementary and 40% are middle/high school teachers. The vast majority teach in self-contained settings, though we do have some special educators and specialists (music, art, foreign language, technology, etc.)
About 10% of our members teach internationally (primarily in Canada and Australia, followed by Europe.)
The materials are not tied to a specific curriculum or set of standards, and are designed to be applicable to your work throughout your career, no matter what grade level or subject area you teach. This is about YOU, your habits, and your mindset, not what you teach!
"I learned through the club experience that one of my biggest obstacles was the weight of the expectations I had put on myself. I was trying to do way too much, but I thought that I HAD TO in order to be a good teacher. I expected to cart that bag full of papers home every night, even though I knew I wouldn't finish them.
I took a club challenge to go one week without bringing my "teacher bag" home. It's now four months later and I have not brought it home even one time, but I'm still getting everything done at school in about 43 hours a week.
Joining this group was more than worth it. It is literally one of the best things I have ever done for myself. For those who want to enjoy teaching, the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek club deserves a chance. It helped ME love this job again, so I know that can happen for anyone."
How can I get support in making the strategies for work me?
The Facebook community will help you keep up and adapt the club strategies for YOUR unique teaching context. As a club member (and even after your year is up!), you’ll have 24/7 access to a private Facebook group for elementary or secondary educators where you can ask questions, discuss time-saving strategies that have worked for you, and get advice from other teachers.
I personally check into the group on regular basis to answer questions and facilitate discussions, and my co-moderators (who are classroom teachers and graduates of the club) ensure that every question receives helpful responses.
Participation in the Facebook group is entirely optional, but many club members view it as an integral part of their success. You’ll get the best results from the club by checking in to the group once or twice a week, and skimming through the posts to find encouragement, accountability, and productivity tips other members have discovered.
– Sneak peek into the membership site –
See how easy the membership site is to use as a member–simply navigate to the month and week you’re interested in, then download that week’s PDF or listen to the audio.
What’s the focus for each month?
New club content will be shared with you weekly over the course of a year.
The next group will begin in July 2018, and will progress through the 12 focus areas in this order:
July: The Self-Running Classroom
Plan for a learning space where students will take ownership
August: Sustainable Systems
Be intentional about your organization, time, procedures, & more
September: Effective Routines for Learning
Streamline small groups, student work habits, centers, and group work
October: Organizing & Prioritizing Tasks
How to decide what’s important, get it done, and let go of the rest
November: Lesson Planning
Practical ways to create meaningful, creative lessons more quickly
December: Revamping Homework
Simplify your system for assigning, collecting, tracking, & assessing homework
January: Grading & Assessment
Creative strategies to save you time and provide insight about student learning
February: Parent Communication
Easy ways to prevent problems, document efficiently, and build relationships
March: Students, Not Scores
Move beyond boring test prep to increase motivation and engagement
April: Work/Life Balance
Identify priorities and bring your life into alignment with them
May: Technology Timesavers
Discover the best tools & tips to streamline teaching and learning
June: Maximizing Your Summer
End the school year strong and be more productive at home
What are actual teachers saying about the club?
Hear from hundreds of other club members on the Reviews page.SEE MORE REVIEWS
What kinds of results are members getting?
How much does it cost?
Pay in installments
(July, Aug, Sept)
Save money by paying up front
with no further charges, ever
Get results or your money back.
I’m confident that the club will help you start trimming hours off your workweek right away.
If it doesn’t, send me an email within your first 30 days and I’ll refund your entire payment.
How much is YOUR time worth?
Join other teachers who are already saving 3, 5, or 10+ hours a week!
Your club membership includes…
52 weeks of classroom-tested productivity strategies
provided in both 10-15 page PDF form and 20-30 minute audio messages every Saturday
More than $450 worth of printable teaching resources and templates
to help with data management, grading, lesson planning, and more
Two free sign-up bonuses
called the 40HTW List-Making System and The Big 5 Tips for Teacher Productivity
(designed to help you organize and prioritize tasks each week)
Access to a private Facebook group
where I–and hundreds of other teachers–answer your questions and offer motivation and encouragement
A professional development certificate
at the end of the year to document participation for up to 104 continuing education hours
Free ongoing support after you graduate
maintaining access to all membership site resources and the Facebook group at no charge once your year in the club is over
"I love this club! Angela, with all the high quality work you have put into this course, you could have easily quadrupled the price. I haven't even used all the strategies yet and have still gotten more than my money's worth."
– See what you’ll learn in the club –
I’ve created a FREE 5 day challenge to teach you the foundational principles which our most successful club members practice. Each day of the “Goodbye, Teacher Tired” challenge, I’ll send materials to help you learn how to do fewer things, better. See if you find this challenge impactful & relevant–if so, you will LOVE the resources you get through the club!
I like the idea of a 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club, but….
If more teachers at your school are interested in joining, we also have school licensing available. This includes access to all materials for the entire program up front, as well as discussion questions for each month, professional development videos, and monthly strategies to create a productive school culture. School licensing can be purchased 365 days a year, since it includes access to all modules and can be implemented at any time. Learn more about school licensing and purchase orders here.
If you can’t get your school or district to pay for the club, no worries, there are lots of other ways to join the club at no cost to you. Click here to learn more about gift certificates, scholarships, and DonorsChoose projects which can cover your payment.
Of course, that’s an ideal scenario, and there will be weekends when you can’t do this. Good news: all the 40HTW content is right on your mobile device. So instead of scrolling absent-mindedly through social media posts while waiting for your doctor’s appointment to begin or for your kids’ soccer practice to end, you can be skimming over ideas that save you time in your membership library.
And, most of us check social media throughout the day as a little break–you can funnel that habit into something productive, and make the 40HTW Club on Facebook your go-to group. Just spending a few minutes scrolling through the posts there will give you insight as to how other teachers are managing the pressure to do it all.
All the club content is also provided in audio form, so you can listen while driving, exercising, cooking, cleaning, or doing any of your regular daily tasks. Many of our members stay current with the club content by listening each week on their commute to and from school.
The club isn’t designed to be another obligation you have to keep up with–it’s a lifeline that supports you, and is there whenever you need it.
We have members teaching just about every grade level, subject area, and student population you can possibly imagine. I’ve found that a positive mindset and commitment to the club have a far greater impact on members’ success than the particulars of their teaching situations. If you are determined to create change in your life, you will find ways to make the club worth your while, no matter what!
However, it’s very important to me that every person who joins feels like they receive value far beyond the price paid. I want you to have a clear understanding of what to expect from the club.
For that reason, I’ve created an interactive quiz to help you figure out exactly how useful for the club will be for YOU. You’ll find 5 questions to help you determine if the CONTENT of the club will be a good fit, and 7 questions to weigh out whether the STRUCTURE of the club will fit your needs. Scroll down to take the quiz below.
Many of the printables are forms and templates designed for YOU to use (not your students) to help with data management, lesson planning, grading, etc.
The printables designed for students are things like classroom job resources, growth mindset activities, and activities to help you build a strong classroom culture. A variety of materials are provided so you can choose what works best for your students, and many are editable so you can easily adapt them.
A limited enrollment period creates a sense of community and allows members to join in cohorts so no one has to wander in alone and feel lost. When you join, you’ll have the support of other teachers who are progressing through each focus area in the same order as you, at the same time as you, so that you can share ideas and support one another.
In one of the weekly PDFs you’ll receive, I’ll help you figure out ways to streamline a single daily routine and shave 15 minutes off your work day. The next week, I’ll suggest another set of practices that help you get a dreaded task done 5 minute quicker. The week after that, I’ll share some strategies for rethinking your approach to the next task, and you’ll be leaving school another 10 minutes earlier than you thought.
Since you’ll be focusing on just one area of time management per month, and one aspect of that area per week, you’ll be implementing just a few small, manageable changes at any given time. This sustainable pace, combined with the support of other innovative teachers who share how they’re adapting the ideas for their classrooms, will allow you to gradually develop a personalized system that shaves 3, 5, or even 10 hours off your workweek.
In the 40HTW Club, we don’t complain about or dwell on the parts of teaching we can’t change. The club’s focus is on making teaching a more enjoyable and sustainable profession at the grassroots level—right in your own classroom–by improving the way you use your time. In fact, over 85% of members surveyed said they felt that the club had made them a better teacher.
If you really want to get your admin on board, show him or her the school licensing page for the club or pass along the admin brochure. You might even be able to get PD funds to cover your membership!
I can’t remove or lessen the demands that have been placed on you. But I CAN help you understand how the mindset, daily routines, and teaching practices you CHOOSE are continually making those demands easier or harder to meet. The goal is to help you figure out a personalized system for tackling those non-negotiable requirements in more effective, efficient, and enjoyable ways. It absolutely can be done, and you’ll have lots of support as you figure out how.
The best comparison I can give is this: Tons of people successfully lose weight without following a specific diet program or joining a gym. But many other people find it’s a lot easier when they follow a proven system that’s already been figured out for them. They also realize they get better results when they have support and accountability.
The club is designed to provide a step-by-step system for teachers who want ongoing support, resources, and community around productivity. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s been life changing for hundreds of teachers, and I’m proud to be able to offer this service for those who want it.
Check out my website. My four books. My podcast. The 40HTW is more of the same type of content I’ve been sharing for years: practical, classroom-tested strategies that can be adapted for a wide variety of contexts.
Hundreds of teachers are already in the club’s Facebook group talking about how the club has changed their lives. When you get started, you’ll be learning not only from me, but from other educators who’ve achieved better work/life balance and know firsthand that there IS a better way.
Ready to get out of survival mode?
The club will be accepting new members again in July 2018.
To get free time-saving tips now and be notified when you can join the club, sign up below:
You WILL get results. Promise.
I’m confident that the club will help you start putting more effective habits in place and feel more prepared for back-to-school than you ever have before.
If not, send me an email within your first 30 days and I’ll refund your entire payment.