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Works Wonders

This club is a life saver. Last year I felt like I was literally working every waking minute of my day and it had me wanting to quit my job. Something had to change because I wanted to keep the job I loved but I didn’t want to sacrifice my family and personal life for my job. I saw an ad for this club on Facebook and I decided to join. There was nothing to lose, but a lot to gain. Even after receiving only the first month’s materials, I knew this club was 110% worth the money. The materials and ideas from this club saved me so much time and made my classroom run a lot smoother. Since COVID prevented me from using every idea I wanted to, I feel that next school year will be even better since I will be able to implement more of the strategies I read about. Also, this isn’t something a lot of people may think about, but I was grateful that the information was available in audio AND text formats. I have ADHD and it’s really difficult for me to focus and comprehend and remember things that were said verbally. I loved that I could print out the text and highlight what I found to be useful and things I wanted to remember to do.

Highly Recommend!

I have been teaching for many years, but when COVID-19 struck and I was faced with remote learning, I felt like a new teacher all over again. I joined the club to receive tips for best practices in remote learning, but I received so much more! I can’t tell you the hours I have saved implementing 40HTW resources into my school routine. Right now, I am writing report cards, and my time doing so has literally been cut in half using club resources. What a relief! In the beginning, I was overwhelmed because there are SO MANY resources available until I realized I do not need to use all of them at once! I can go back anytime and access them later when I am ready to do so. Every Sunday, I got into the routine of folding laundry and listening to the audio version of the monthly resources to let the ideas just float around in my head. The ones that were super helpful to me I would print out to keep and use. The ones that did not seem as relevant I decided to save for another day. I have only used a fraction of what is available and have found it to be more than worth the initial investment. It is something I will return to again and again for as long as I am teaching. The materials are organized in a clear, easy-to-use way with multiple ways to access them (audio, PDF, printable files, Google Docs, etc…) Thank you, 40HTW, for making teachers’ lives easier and more productive! I happily just joined the Graduate program. 🙂

Keeping the life/work balance

Even though I have been teaching for years, this club truly helped me to find a better balance between life and work! The organizational tools at the beginning were one of the biggest helps to me. I was able to keep up with them all year and will continue to do so the rest of my teaching career. Even with the pandemic, the organizational tools were relevant. I was able to sleep well knowing that I had taken care of everything (written it down) and it didn’t take me a long time to do so. I want to thank you, Angela, for this wonderful club and the organizational tools that fit me perfectly. Even if you are a natural organizer, this club should help you. Not only does it help a person to organize well, but there are so many resources to help in daily teaching. You are able to access them in a way that isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t take too much of your time. It is worth every penny.

One of the best decisions I have made!

Firstly, I need to say a huge thank you to Angela. The time taken to create the high standard of content available has not gone unappreciated. I was dubious at first whether this would be worth the money, but it has been worth every penny without question. The support available, through the podcasts, weekly materials and the additional community I have made through the fb support group, has really changed my life as a teacher. It might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s true. I came into the club considering leaving the profession and this year has helped me remember why I loved teaching so much. It is a definitely a work in progress, there is so much available to read and implement, that I have at times found it overwhelming – in a good way! It has been so good to focus on strategies which have helped me to change my organisation and teaching lifestyle, both at school and home. I thought I was pretty organised – but I realised I didn’t have in place the systems to make this work in the long term. Despite being based in the UK, I have been able to utilise pretty much everything from the club materials. I look forward to each weekend where I can access new materials and take time for me – something I didn’t think I had before the club! I now make more time for my family, for myself, for rest and fun times, while also finding more time to enjoy the never ending workload that teaching requires. Everything has become more manageable. I really cannot recommend the club enough to everyone.

Don’t Ditch Teaching Without Trying This FIRST

I was at my breaking point before joining the club; looking for jobs outside of teaching and considering going back to school for something else. I had been reading “Awakened” by Angela and listening to her podcast when 40HTW was advertised. I joined and I am so thankful! The productivity strategies were exactly what I needed to gain control over my work and create work/life balance. I was extremely satisfied from the start with preparing how to set-up my classroom and organize; I was able to set-up in 1/3 the time of previous years because I was prepared and focused. Through the skills and organization gained through this program I was able to cut my hours to 40-45 hours a week and make time for my hobbies outside of work. If you are wondering if this program is worth it and if it will help you, it absolutely will! Even if you work in a specialized program or with the youngest of children, this program will benefit you!

What’s Your Time Worth

I was hesitant to spend the money. I wasn’t sure that it was worth it. I am in my 34th year as a teacher and thought there wasn’t much I didn’t already know. I was wrong. Spend the money. You won’t regret it. There are so many different tools that you will learn about. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Worth its weight in gold

I joined in the summer of 2019 and from the very beginning could see that these resources would be beneficial and worth the relatively small cost and worth the time I put into it. Reading Angela’s words, listening to the podcasts, and using the resources helped me (a veteran teacher of 10 years) feel better able to tackle each area she discussed. I love the reminders that there is no need to feel like you have to do everything and the materials are mine forever. I’m planning to read/listen to everything again this year to build on what I’ve already done, and of course, the world of teaching has changed drastically with COVID-19, and her advice has stayed timely and also been updated to reflect the changes. Another benefit is knowing I’m not alone in my questions and struggles. So glad I joined!

100% Worth It

Absolutely worth the money and the time you put into it. Everything is focused on how to be a good teacher in a reasonable amount of work time. Lots of excellent ways to work smarter, and reminders that your time is important. You deserve to spend time with your family and on yourself. The group is also nice, and it is awesome that she provides audio and written versions so you can listen to it on the go (though I prefer to read personally).

The ONLY downside is that the materials are released over time. I would rather have had access to them all at once so I could have gotten further through in the summer that I started. But I’ll always have access to them and honestly it will probably take years yet for me to honestly evaluate and tweak every tip- you just start with the ones that grab you the most, then add a few more in here and there as you go.

Absolutely worth the money & time

I put off joining the club for years because of the cost and being unsure if it would help me any. I’m pretty organized already, but I spend a LOT of time outside school hours doing school work. I was exhausted. So I finally joined in June 2019. By the end of September I knew I had made a fantastic investment. Even just following Angela’s list system helped me organize my thoughts and use my time more wisely. But add to that all the resources she provides throughout the year and the suggestions for how to make your work life better and I wish everyone would join the club. Throughout the year I have received suggestions for simplifying tasks I would never have thought of as a time suck. Also, the Facebook group has been tons of help on a variety of issues that popped up throughout the year. Because of the crazy changes that took place in March with Coronavirus, I haven’t finished the readings or changes, but I look forward to using every resource this next year. So many things that give me joy to think about next year came from this group. For example, assigning class jobs in secondary was so fun and made my life easier, but I never thought it would work before Angela. Also, when my classroom management needed an overhaul with one group of kids, I received support, encouragement, & the perfect resource on the Facebook group. If you’re on the fence, go for it! Your money will be well-spent and you’ll end up with time you aren’t used to having.

Worth every cent!

I left teaching four years ago due to burnout. I missed it and came back to education this past school year with a determination to find balance and create boundaries. 40 hour teacher work week made that possible. I had a wonderful first year back (even with the whole pandemic virtual learning). I love my job and I love 40htw!