“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."
Don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re to blame or just need to manage your time better.
There’s nothing wrong with YOU.
The problem is the overwhelming demands of the job.
Real talk: When you’re overwhelmed, you don’t have the time, energy, or mental bandwidth to figure out HOW to change, and you’re too exhausted to follow through, anyway.
You need an actual PLAN, a teacher-tested system that’s guaranteed to work, and ongoing support so you don’t have to figure everything out on your own.
Here’s what I do through the club to help…
I’m Angela Watson. As a National Board Certified teacher turned instructional coach, I’ve been sharing ideas online since 2003 through my website, TheCornerstoneforTeachers.com. I’ve written 4 books, created countless printable resources, and even launched a top-rated weekly podcast called Truth for Teachers.
I love teaching teachers, and I wanted to help people who love teaching kids stay in the profession without hitting burnout.
So, I’ve dedicated the past 4 years to developing and refining the club materials to create a proven system that has freed thousand of educators to be their best selves, both in and outside of the classroom.
Together with my team, this vision of offering a top-notch program for solving teachers’ biggest problem has become a reality, and it’s changing teachers’ lives. Read on to see how the club can help YOU get out of survival mode and keep doing this work you love for years to come.
The 3 most common questions teachers ask me about the club…
You can use as many or as few strategies as you’d like—just a few small tweaks to your mindset and daily routines in that one area will start moving the needle, so you’ll feel relief from overwhelm immediately.
Jump in and out of the resources whenever it’s convenient for you. Some teachers read over them with a cup of coffee on Saturday mornings, others listen to the audio version during their Monday morning commutes.
There’s no pressure to “keep up” or do it all (that would just create overwhelm, right?) Use only the ideas and printables that jump out at you through a quick skim of the month’s materials.
You can always come back to anything you skipped later, as you’ll keep your access to all these materials for the rest of your teaching career (at no extra cost!)
Wait, 40? How could that be possible when teaching consumes every waking minute of my time?
The goal of the club is to help you find a more sustainable way to do this teaching thing well & make a big impact for kids.
We conquer overwhelm right away so that you’ll have the energy and mental bandwidth to follow through on systems 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.
THAT’S the real benefit of the club, and it’s the process which makes it possible to work fewer hours. 85% of members who joined last January were able to trim 3,5, or even 10+ hours off their workweek within the first month.
Only 2% of teachers who join us will utilize the money-back guarantee and request a refund.
That’s because the club is about your mindset and your habits, not what or where you teach. You can take what you learn through the club and apply it in ANY job for as many years as you’re in the classroom.
The best way to find out if the club will work for YOU is to jump in with both feet and give it a shot. Immerse yourself in the community and try out some of the strategies.
You’ve got until August 15th to check out the resources, and you’ll be able to tell right away if it’s a good fit. If it’s not, there’s nothing to lose. Send me an email in your first 30 days and I’ll refund your entire payment. .
What do I actually GET as a member?
Clear, Actionable Steps
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! The club’s coaches + thousands of other teachers will share ideas, answer your questions, and provide encouragement and accountability. You’ll never 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
Video trainings, 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 were the key to transforming 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.
Getting results is easy, and you don’t need to commit a lot of time:
Login to the membership (or click the link in the weekly email) to get new resources anytime you’re ready.
Skim over the PDF or listen to the audio version, and download any accompanying printables or templates you might like to use.
Choose ONE new mindset shift or strategy to try out. You can share what you’re doing with the group if you’d like accountability or personalized suggestions.
Our motto: small changes add up to big results!JOIN NOW
You can do as much or as little as you’d like,
and skip weeks/topics which feel less urgent.
"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."
Streamline your teaching ONE area at a time.
No more feeling frazzled as you try to tackle a thousand responsibilities at once. Start the month with a clear focus on simplifying a single aspect of your work, follow the plan I provide, and end the month with a sense of real accomplishment before moving on to the next thing. Click here for the detailed PDF overview of each week’s focus..
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
– 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.
How much does it cost?
DonorsChoose & purchase orders are accepted, and school licensing is available.
Get results or your money back.
I’m confident that you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control of how you spend your time as soon as you begin using the club’s resources. If not, send me an email by August 15th, and I’ll refund your entire payment.
Join more than 15,000 teachers who’ve used the club to create change
Jake refocused on best teaching practices that were affirmed & gained more family time
Andrea got organized & created efficient systems so she could finally work ahead
Jonathan saw kids take more ownership as he gained time for hobbies & wellness
Lizzy gained 10 hours a week & feels like a better teacher, wife, and mom because she’s less stressed
T. got the support she needed to let go of perfectionism & overwhelm at her own pace
Katy learned to prioritize tasks & maximize instructional time to make every moment count
How much is YOUR time worth?
You’ll have access to all of the following even AFTER year in the club is over, so you can come back anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed to get immediate solutions.
52 weeks of classroom-tested productivity strategies
provided in both 10-15 page PDF form and 20-30 minute audio messages so you don’t have to devote a lot of time to learning
More than $450 worth of printable teaching resources and templates
to help with data management, grading, lesson planning, and more
FIVE free sign-up bonuses
including a self-care video training and the 40HTW List-Making System (so you can jumpstart your results and prioritize tasks right away)
Access to a private Facebook group
so our coaches & members can answer your questions and offer accountability, personalized support, 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
so you maintain access to ALL membership site resources and the Facebook group at no charge once your year in the club is over
Here’s how the club has helped teachers like you….
Hear from hundreds of other club members on the Reviews page.SEE MORE REVIEWS
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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.
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.
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 thousands 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.
Thousands 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.
You WILL get results. Promise.
I’m confident that you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control of how you spend your time as soon as you prepare for the new school year.
If not, send me an email by August 15th, and I’ll refund your entire payment.