There is a plethora of club resources, podcasts, FB posts, and other folks you can connect with…and it can all be overwhelming. However, there is no pressure or expectation for you to do it all and you get to set your own pace which may be good or bad depending on you. I’m the type that needs to process before implementing and can’t do too many things at once. Knowing that I have a lifetime membership helped me focus on the 1-2 things I wanted to work on this year and use the club resources to do them better; and next year, I’ll be focusing on something else.
The most valuable thing in my first year was fixing my mindset about my time: “saying yes to one things means no to something else”, doing “Fewer things, Better”, and to be intentional. I am a mother of 3yo and he just started sleeping through the night. I used to grade/prep after dinner when all he wanted was to play with me, then I helped with bedtime trying not to fall asleep myself, then stay up after he went to bed to grade papers or prep, and then wake up tired the next day…Rinse, repeat. But Angela helped me see how AND WHEN to prioritize my family and my work. I found a routine that enabled me to spend time with my husband and son after work, sleep 7 hours, and get 1.5 hours of grade/prep done on a daily! It was WIN, WIN, WIN for us.
Another crucial mindset shift about time and work habits was acknowledging that I am a “marathon worker” and when my “grading seasons” take place to create a schedule/routine around that; it saved my relationship with my husband, who used to hate my random work ours. Now he know what to expect and even helps in making time for me to grade on the weekends.
There are many specific club resources (like the task lists!) that helped me create a successful year but shifting my mindset about time was my biggest hurdle. Once I overcame that, the club resources helped me hone in on putting my systems into place and I believe that is when they can be most useful.
I definitely recommend joining…it is worth the time investment.
Written by Louise, high school math teacher on December 7, 2019