The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club opened for the first time this fall, and what an amazing couple of months it’s been. This project has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever created for supporting teachers, because I can’t imagine anything better than more time and more energy for the things that are really important in life.
The best way to convey how the club has helped other teachers (and how it can help you!) is probably by letting you hear it directly from a few of the hundreds of current members who are already seeing results. These are some of the comments I’ve read from teachers in a huge range of grade levels and teaching contexts:
“40HTW is the best resource I have experienced–and I have done a lion’s share of foraging on the internet, looking for worthy educational sites. Since committing to 40HTW, I am working less hours and enjoying my job more! Thanks!”
“I truly appreciate the opportunity to be part of this group. It’s like having my own educational consultant, organizing consultant, expert planner and kind encourager all in one convenient Facebook package.”
“I feel so much hope, I feel like I’m making great gains. I feel like this group is more valuable than a required education course in college. I had fall break last week. I stayed late (few hours) on Tuesday to get as much done as possible and did not go back over the whole break! I relaxed and enjoyed my family. I don’t feel like I’m drowning this week. It’s all coming together and I positively am elated that I can love teaching, be good at it, not stress, not spend my life as a hermit. I see myself truly and thoroughly enjoying my career in a few months.”
“Thanks to you, this is the first year in 30 years of teaching that I didn’t bring work home on Thanksgiving break. I am so thankful.”
“I had been working 65-70 a week before I joined the club. With the help of the amazing to-do list and other helpful hints from Angela, I have been slowly whittling my time down. This week my goal was 50 hours and I actually spent 49.75 hours working on school stuff. I am thrilled! I don’t think there has ever been a week in my career where I have spent less than 50 hours at school! And I am not behind on anything! Thank you, Angela!”
“I could tell my principal was impressed after my formative post-conference. Thanks to you, Angela, I was able to go into that conference with two picnic baskets of materials and all of the calmness and confidence that you have taught us along and along through this program…This course and group we have breathes new life and excitement into my veins. I left school this afternoon at 5:00 with a clean room, one small set of papers to grade, and everything ready for at least Monday and Tuesday. The best part….not having to dread Sunday. Happy dance!”
“My team members commented that I was ahead, and our team leader, whom I much admire, looked around the work posted up in my classroom and asked “How did you have time to get to all this?” It was surreal and I had to almost pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t just fantasizing all this. I know this was a moment, and things will probably continue to get overwhelming, but I did experience a moment of triumph! I am so grateful for this group.”
“Today, I sat down to finally plan for the week. I set my timer for one hour. I ended up working three, BUT I feel good and I got a lot done, so I won’t have to do that work during the week ahead. I am stopping NOW. Like everyone else, I could work all night, but I am stopping. I feel grateful that I can relax in peace now. I am feeling on top of the world with this life-changing system.”
“No working all weekend or late nights. No going crazy with it in my head. My colleagues say I’m more relaxed and best of all my students are more relaxed!“
If you are willing to do the work–to read or listen to the content that’s sent to you in the club each week, and thoughtfully create new systems for yourself that are more efficient and productive–you will see results, starting in your very first month. The more you’re invested in creating work/life balance and committed to doing so, the better your outcome.
If you want to be a part of this group of innovative teachers who are re-imagining what it looks like to have work/life balance as an educator, you have just this one week to join. Then the club will be closed to new members again to maintain continuity and community in the group.
By joining now, you’ll get my Getting Started Guide as well as TWO LIMITED-TIME BONUSES: the “Big Five” tips for teacher productivity, and a weekly/long term to-do list system to help you prioritize your tasks.