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40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club Reviews

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Great club for managing time, streamlining, etc.

Overall, I loved the information sent each week, along with the downloadable and editable sheets, forms, etc., I especially liked that the club helped me structure my time. As with any information, some of it did not apply to me since I teach middle school (i.e, work centers, delegating tasks each week, etc.)

Helpful in specific areas!

Areas the club was helpful: ideas for organizing, streamlining, productivity, simplicity, planning, grading.
Areas outside the club’s helpfulness: navigating workplace sexism; negotiating for a more lawful workplace (e.g. when breaks were denied, requirements made outside of contract), especially for private school teachers who aren’t protected by unions and whose job is “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Side note: I realize most people are on FB; I am not, so I felt that this was an important area of collaboration that I missed. I wished there was a member portal as part of the 40htw website rather than being FB-based.

It’s worth the money!

Angela offered practical ways to cut the amount of time I spend on school work. I was able to cut about 7-8 hrs. off my work week using her tips. My classes are now better organized, run smoother, and I feel good about my teaching.

Yes, it’s with it

There’s a wealth of resources – being in my first yer, more than I had the time to use. So Angela’s constant reassurance that it will be ok and just take what you need and do what you can became a mantra for not just teaching but for my life. Not everything is immediately relevant for an Australian primary context, but more than enough to make it worthwhile.

works well with invested time

This club is great and does exactly what it says it will do. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to take out of it what I really wanted. I would have liked to see more interaction with other teachers but I think the online format is difficult for good interactions. The digital resources and weekly encouragement were indispensable.

shifting your mindset about time

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.

Even worth it for Elective Teachers!!

I am an elective (photography) teacher and it is always a struggle to find things that “fit” for my class. Even though not all of the club material does, there have been some great things that has helped me SO MUCH to make the money worth it AND I have only gotten through the first 4 months of the program. That is another great thing about this club…when you get overwhelmed, you can always come back to it when you can. I know that once I am able to get through all the material, I am going to be able to run my classroom with so much more efficiency, that overwhelm will be a thing of the past.

Less Overwhelm

Not only did I reduce my hours of work, but for me the greatest benefit was the reduction in feeling overwhelmed. Because there was a plan in place to get things done, I felt much more in control and less stressed on how I was going to get everything done.

Helped an organized teacher become much more efficient!

I’m a naturally organized person and teacher. I initially joined the club because I wanted to find a better work/life balance. Throughout, the course of this year Angela, the club, and the Facebook group has helped me find the balance I was looking for, I was able to cut my hours worked (and not feel guilty about it!), learned to create efficient lists, and set up boundaries for myself (I stopped saying yes to everything!). I learned to recognize how much time I was actually wasting at work, and by making small changes I was really able to be much more efficient! I’m so happy I joined the July 2018 cohort, I learned and gained so much more than I thought was even possible!

Amazing Start to a Journey!

I joined the 40HTW Club because I needed support and a reframe of my expectations. I spent a lot of time thinking about work even when I wasn’t working on work and was finding trouble balancing my priorities. I have really enjoyed using the club materials and will continue to do so. I had trouble keeping up with all of the topics and focuses, but know that I can come back to the materials at any time as I continue to implement the ideas over the next few years. I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs help organizing themselves, giving themselves permission to just be a human, and finding ways to cut back on superfluous busy work as a teacher.