Reviews

40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club Reviews

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Greatly exceeded my expectations

It is never too late to learn something new or to accept a better way from a peer. I have been teaching many years and although I am fairly well organized, I admit that I have never mastered the work life balance and I was a “Tired Teacher”. I have been using the club materials at my pace. I SO MUCH appreciate this no pressure course. I feel a burden lifted every time I put an hour into the club materials. I feel empowered. I have practiced many new skills and plan to keep working on the materials I have put aside for later.
Join! Everyone needs support, (especially in times of pandemic).

Don’t work too hard

This program helped me to be intentional in my work time and my off time. It allowed me to give enough, which isn’t always 100%. There’s a line early on in the program “We are taught to always give 100% effort to every single task we do. No one ever mentions this is physically and mentally impossible, because there are limits to our time and energy.” I wrote this big and put it where I could see it every day. I shared it with other teachers.

In a Covid-hybrid year where the list of expectations kept growing for teachers, 40HTW reminded me to focus on what mattered most. There were wonderful applicable suggestions on how to maximize the time I spent at work. This allowed me to truly relax when I was at home.

The materials are sent out in bite size chunks. This allowed me to consider an idea, decide how best to apply it, and analyze the results before the next idea arrived. I did skip a few months when things went sideways. But I still have access to the information, even after my cohort is over. I intend to walk through the material again this upcoming school year. I’m going to need the reminders on how to be intentional with my work and home time.

Worth the money

The materials presented in this club were awesome. They helped me improve my productivity and think about how to streamline my work. The club also helped me realize that I was not the only one struggling with not being able to do all that I wanted to do, and that this is a constant and common struggle with teachers everywhere.

It helped me!

The advice from the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek was helpful to me professionally, but has also helped me think about the way I treat myself as a person and gain new perspectives on my own mental health. While some of the resources are less helpful to me as an elementary music teacher (as compared to, say, if I were a 4th grade classroom teacher or a high school biology teacher), the majority of the material was either directly or indirectly applicable to my life and teaching situation, or I could adjust the material to be more useful to me. I’m looking forward to going back and reviewing a few lessons in the future as I go into the 2021-22 school year.

Don’t Do It All At Once!

Take your time! I was really overwhelmed with all of the information each month when I first joined, but it’s okay to start small. I found that there was so much info, and it all seemed so good and important, that I really didn’t know where to start. The program makes it easy to know what “Core Concepts” to focus on if you can only handle a small bit that month, and honestly, I suggest just doing that for your first year. There’s plenty of room to learn and grow more when you start implementing. Even just ten minutes a month will add up to big productive changes in your life, and you always have access to the materials, so you can go back.

My feedback on Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Teacher Club

Although I personally did not manage to keep up with reading and digesting the monthly materials, I know the Club can be super helpful for teachers who are struggling with organization and efficiency and other teaching issues. But to benefit, it is very important to schedule the time to go over the monthly materials and apply the things you are learning. In my case, I will have to catch up on over the summer and start applying it next school year.
I think the pitfall is to think there is a lot to learn each month and that might make a teacher give up altogether. I thing Angela’s advice is good -just take one thing and apply it each month.
Reward yourself in some way for having done it each month 🙂

Great efficiency tips!

I am a very spontaneous, random, sometimes absent-minded person. However, I enjoy lots of structure and routine in my classrooms. That being said, I sometimes need help knowing which ideas to follow through with (prioritize!) and this club has given me many tools to do so successfully, so I can spend more time doing what I love, teaching and enjoying music with my students. It also helped me look past the job tasks and set them aside for family time after school, without feeling stressed about forgetting something important.

Great Resource!!!

40HWW is an absolutely AMAZING resource and I highly recommend it. Angela sends out a plethora of materials that you can be used throughout the year. The only issue I had was getting through all of the information as there is a LOT. However, with that said, there is something for everyone, no matter your grade level or subject area. I easily shaved 10-15 hours off of work week with Angela’s tips and strategies. I am switching to a smaller district this next fall and am grateful for the materials that will help me organize my life in a way that I am not overwhelmed with the changes. Do yourself a huge favor and become a member. It’s worth every penny.

So helpful!

This program was so helpful in getting me back to a regular work schedule and being more efficient with my time. I loved getting so many tips and documents that were easy to implement. Lots of wonderful ideas that were presented in many different ways. The monthly materials were wonderful. I highly recommend this program!

Awesome program

This program has helped me supported and guided to improve on my craft. It has strategies that target on teacher struggles. Even after work for ten years I got a lot from this program.