Professional development for teacher productivity

Let’s focus on what REALLY matters, both in and outside the classroom.

The next open registration will be from
December 26th – January 4th.

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“There HAS to be a better way to do this teaching thing, right?”

We’ve all asked ourselves that at some point, and I bet these statements sound familiar, too:
  • I’m completely overwhelmed.
  • Being a teacher has consumed every spare minute of my life.
  • I work on school stuff constantly and yet I’m never done…and I still feel like I’m not doing enough.
  • When I bring work home, I feel guilty for neglecting my family.
  • I’m tired all the time, my house is a wreck, my errands keep piling up, and I’m not taking good care of myself.
  • I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this.
  • Something has to change.

"I thought I had done all that I could in terms of being productive and efficient. I accepted that this is what teaching was-a 24/7 stress cycle with some time off in the summer to recharge again. The club is teaching me that there are better, healthier ways to live as a teacher AND still be a great one."

Becky Burley

My friend, you’re not alone. Every single day, I hear from teachers all around the country who are drowning in guilt and exhaustion over losing the battle for work/life balance.

You wonder: Is it just me who’s struggling to balance it all?
(Nope, it’s not just you. Teachers everywhere are finding it increasingly difficult to do everything that’s required.)

You wonder: Is it just MY school that’s piling more documentation, testing, and paperwork on my plate each year?
(Nope, that’s a problem teachers are facing nationwide, too.)

And most importantly, you wonder:

Is there a way to be a great teacher AND have a great personal life?

I believe the answer to that question is YES.

The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is about finding a better way to teach that is actually sustainable.

 

I’m Angela Watson, a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years experience in the classroom and 7 years experience as an instructional coach.

I’ve been freely sharing hundreds of articles and resources on my website The Cornerstone since 2003, but I didn’t have a comprehensive solution for teachers’ biggest problem: a lack of TIME and ENERGY. I’ve now spent the last three years developing and refining the club content to create a research-based system that has already saved the sanity of thousands of teachers. Read on to learn how the club can help you get out of survival mode and love your work even more.

What does membership include?

Actionable Steps Each Week

You’ll get 52 WEEKS of new classroom-tested productivity ideas in both PDF and audio podcast form. We’ll go step-by-step through each focus area. Choose just one idea each week, and watch as small changes add up to big results!

Positive, Supportive Community

You can finally stop reinventing the wheel! Hundreds of other teachers will be sharing ideas and resources, answering your questions, and providing both encouragement and accountability. You don’t have to do this alone!

Printables & Templates

More than $350 worth of forms and teaching resources are included. Some are club-exclusive; others are curated from the best of the digital marketplace so you don’t have to spend time + money searching them out.

Free Bonus Materials

The complete 40HTW List-Making System and The Big 5 Tips for Teacher Productivity are available as soon as you join. Many members say these resources have completely transformed the way they approach their work AND their life.

PD Certificate

Use our professional development log to track your learning. At the end of your year in the club, you’ll receive a certificate for documentation. Your district may credit you for up to 104 continuing education hours.

Ongoing Support Indefinitely

You’ll keep your access to the membership site AND the Facebook community when your year is over! You can revisit the resources and get support even as a club graduate, so you can maintain your new habits permanently.

Is the club really about working 40 hours?

Nope–but the “Choose Your Own Target Number That’s Realistic for Your Teaching Context and Adjust It Each Week for the Current Demands on Your Time Club” didn’t have quite the same ring to it!

40 is the number of contractual hours many educators are required to work (and it was MY target number as a classroom teacher.) The number 40 is designed to take you aback and get you thinking: Wait, 40? Is that even possible? How many hours do I actually work? I wonder how many I COULD work, if I was more intentional and strategic with my time?

As a member, you’ll be encouraged to start by trimming 3-5 hours off your current workweek, and slowly lower that number throughout your year in the club. The number of hours per week that the average teacher works when joining is 62; by the time they graduate from the club, the average is 51. That’s a savings of eleven hours per week, or over 500 hours a year! Imagine what you could do with that time.

The real goal of the club is to get organized, streamline routines, give kids ownership of the classroom, and be truly intentional about you use your instructional, contractual, and personal time...and through that process, you’ll trim 3,5, or even 10+ hours off your workweek.

94%

of members choose to remain in the club beyond the initial 30 day cancellation period

85%

of members who joined last January began saving 3+ hours/wk within their first 14 days

Who is the club designed to help?

The club resources are targeted toward general education K-12 teachers in the United States. The materials are ideal for 1st-6th grade teachers, but we have successful club members teaching at every grade level.

Around 60% of our members are elementary and 35% are middle/high school teachers, which mirrors the nation’s population of teachers in general.

About 10% of our members teach internationally (primarily in Canada and Australia, followed by Europe.)

The vast majority of our members teach in self-contained settings, though we do have some specialists (art, music, technology, etc.) and special educators.

If your teaching context is not U.S. K-12 general education, the vast majority of strategies WILL still be helpful for you, but I can’t guarantee that all info will be applicable, and you should be prepared to adapt the ideas more for your situation.

Tracey Rosenberger's Story


"I learned through the club experience that one of my biggest obstacles was the weight of the expectations I had put on myself. I was trying to do way too much, but I thought that I HAD TO in order to be a good teacher. I expected to cart that bag full of papers home every night, even though I knew I wouldn't finish them.

I took a club challenge to go one week without bringing my "teacher bag" home. It's now four months later and I have not brought it home even one time, but I'm still getting everything done at school in about 43 hours a week.

Joining this group was more than worth it. It is literally one of the best things I have ever done for myself. For those who want to enjoy teaching, the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek club deserves a chance. It helped ME love this job again, so I know that can happen for anyone."

How do I get support with implementing my new habits?

The Facebook community is where you’ll get support in adapting the club strategies for YOUR unique teaching context. As a club member (and even after your year is up!), you’ll have 24/7 access to a private Facebook group for elementary or secondary educators where you can ask questions, discuss time-saving strategies that have worked for you, and get advice from other teachers.

I personally check into the group on regular basis to answer questions and facilitate discussions, and my co-moderators (who are classroom teachers and graduates of the club) ensure that every question receives helpful responses.

Participation in the Facebook group is entirely optional, but many club members view it as an integral part of their success. You’ll get the best results from the club by checking in to the group once or twice a week, and skimming through the posts to find encouragement, accountability, and productivity tips other members have discovered.  

What’s the focus area for each month?

Club content will be shared with you over the course of 12 months. The next group of 40 Hour Innovators will begin on
January 1st, 2017, and will progress through the 12 focus areas in this order:

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January: Grading & Assessment

Creative strategies to save you time and provide insight about student learning

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February: Parent Communication

Easy ways to prevent problems, document efficiently, and build relationships

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March: Students, Not Scores

Move beyond boring test prep to increase motivation and engagement

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April: Work/Life Balance

Identify priorities and bring your life into alignment with them

07-july

May: Technology Timesavers

Discover the best tools & tips to streamline teaching and learning

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June: Maximizing Your Summer

End the school year strong and be more productive at home

07-july

July: The Self-Running Classroom

Plan for a learning space where kids will take ownership

August: Sustainable Systems

Be intentional about your organization, time, procedures, & more

07-july

Sept: Effective Routines for Learning

Streamline small groups, student work habits, centers, and group work

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October: Organizing & Prioritizing Tasks

How to decide what’s important, get it done, and let go of the rest

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November: Lesson Planning

Practical ways to create meaningful, creative lessons more quickly

December: Revamping Homework

Simplify your system for assigning, collecting, tracking, & assessing homework

The club will be accepting new members from
Dec 26th-Jan. 4th.

To learn when you can join and get free time-saving tips sent directly to your inbox, sign up for the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club’s free newsletter. I’ll send you a Getting Started Guide now.

What teachers are saying about the club…

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What does it cost?

Quarterly Payments

$34.99

Four payments

Pay quarterly installments totalling $139.96

How much is YOUR time worth?

Join other teachers who are already saving 3, 5, or 10+ hours a week!
Your club membership includes…

  • 52 weeks of classroom-tested productivity strategies provided in both 10-15 page PDF form and 20-30 minute audio messages every Saturday
  • Hundreds of dollars worth of printable teaching resources and templates to help you implement the club strategies more easily
  • Access to a private Facebook group where I–and hundreds of other teachers–answer your questions
  • Two free bonuses, the 40HTW List-Making System and The Big 5 Tips for Teacher Productivity (designed to help you organize and prioritize tasks each week)
  • A professional development certificate at the end of the year to document participation for up to 104 credit hours
  • Ongoing support after you graduate: keep your access to all memberships site resources and the Facebook group at no charge once your year in the club is over

"I love this club! Angela, with all the high quality work you have put into this course, you could have easily quadrupled the price. I haven't even used all the strategies yet and have still gotten more than my money's worth."

Rubie Jones

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I like the idea of a 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club, but….

We have members teaching just about every grade level, subject area, and student population you can possibly imagine. I’ve found that a positive mindset and commitment to the club have a far greater impact on members’ success than the particulars of their teaching situations. If you are determined to create change in your life, you will find ways to make the club worth your while, no matter what!

However, it’s very important to me that every person who joins feels like they receive value far beyond the price paid. I want you to have a clear understanding of what to expect from the club, and how well it’s going to address the particulars of your teaching scenario and lifestyle.

For that reason, I’ve created an interactive quiz to help you figure out exactly how useful for the club will be for YOU. You’ll find 5 questions to help you determine if the CONTENT of the club will be a good fit, and 7 questions to weigh out whether the STRUCTURE of the club will fit your needs. Take the quiz here.

A big part of the 40HTW is being intentional with your time. It’s important to take a few minutes each weekend and make a to-list for the week ahead and plan your target number of hours to work. During this time, you’re encouraged to check out the new productivity strategies that were sent to you on Saturday morning and choose the ones you want to implement.

Of course, that’s an ideal scenario, and there will be weekends when you can’t do this. Good news: all the 40HTW content is right on your mobile device. So instead of scrolling absent-mindedly through social media posts while waiting for your doctor’s appointment to begin or for your kids’ soccer practice to end, you can be skimming over ideas that save you time in your membership library.

And, most of us check social media throughout the day as a little break–you can funnel that habit into something productive, and make the 40HTW Club on Facebook your go-to group. Just spending a few minutes scrolling through the posts there will give you insight as to how other teachers are managing the pressure to do it all.

All the club content is also provided in audio form, so you can listen while driving, exercising, cooking, cleaning, or doing any of your regular daily tasks. Many of our members stay current with the club content by listening each week on their commute to and from school.

Absolutely! Even though we have a defined focus each month, the club is entirely self-paced, and there’s really no such thing as “falling behind.” You can go back to access previous content in the membership site at ANY time, even after you graduate from the club. You even keep your access to the Facebook community so you always have a strong support network.

The club isn’t designed to be another obligation you have to keep up with–it’s a lifeline that supports you, and is there whenever you need it.

Think about the confusion and disruption that occurs when a new student enters your class mid-year. It’s always better when a group of students begin at the same time and stick together until the year is over, and the same is true for the club! A limited enrollment period creates a sense of community and allows members to join in cohorts so no one has to wander in alone and feel lost. When you join, you’ll have the support of other teachers who are progressing through each focus area in the same order as you, at the same time as you, so that you can share ideas and support one another.
Nope, there’s nothing impractical or even revolutionary here. I don’t claim to have any miraculous solutions. I can’t eliminate lesson planning or make a stack of ungraded papers disappear. The 40HTW is about making a series of small changes to your life that add up to big results.

In one of the weekly PDFs you’ll receive, I’ll help you figure out ways to streamline a single daily routine and shave 15 minutes off your work day. The next week, I’ll suggest another set of practices that help you get a dreaded task done 5 minute quicker. The week after that, I’ll share some strategies for rethinking your approach to the next task, and you’ll be leaving school another 10 minutes earlier than you thought.

Since you’ll be focusing on just one area of time management per month, and one aspect of that area per week, you’ll be implementing just a few small, manageable changes at any given time. This sustainable pace, combined with the support of other innovative teachers who share how they’re adapting the ideas for their classrooms, will allow you to gradually develop a personalized system that shaves 3, 5, or even 10 hours off your workweek.

The 40HTW is not about shortchanging kids or refusing to follow district directives. None of your principal’s or state’s requirements need to be changed in order for you to benefit from this club. In fact, you’ll be better empowered to complete whatever is required of you as you learn to work more efficiently.

In the 40HTW Club, we don’t complain about or dwell on the parts of teaching we can’t change. The club’s focus is on making teaching a more enjoyable and sustainable profession at the grassroots level—right in your own classroom–by improving the way you use your time. In fact, over 85% of members surveyed said they felt that the club had made them a better teacher.

The club will challenge you to rethink commonly-held assumptions about what you “have to do” as a teacher. It’s a tough truth that you must be prepared to confront: sometimes we blame outside authorities for our workload when deeper reflection will reveal that the expectation is at least partly self-imposed, or the approach we’ve taken to complete the task is more stressful and time-consuming than it needs to be.

I can’t remove or lessen the demands that have been placed on you. But I CAN help you understand how the mindset, daily routines, and teaching practices you CHOOSE are continually making those demands easier or harder to meet. The goal is to help you figure out a personalized system for tackling those non-negotiable requirements in more effective, efficient, and enjoyable ways. It absolutely can be done, and you’ll have lots of support as you figure out how.

I’ve been sharing best teaching practices on my website since 2003. There are thousands of teachers who have been following me online for over a decade. Hundreds of my readers have taught alongside me, been coached or mentored by me, invited me to speak at their conferences, or hired me to conduct professional development in their schools. My professional reputation is on the line with this club! I wouldn’t risk all of that by making promises I can’t keep.

Check out my website. My four books. My online courses. My podcast. The 40HTW is more of the same type of content I’ve been sharing for years: practical, classroom-tested strategies that can be adapted for a wide variety of contexts.

Hundreds of teachers are already in the club’s Facebook group talking about how the club has changed their lives. When you get started, you’ll be learning not only from me, but from other educators who’ve achieved better work/life balance and know firsthand that there IS a better way.


You WILL get results. Promise.

I’m confident that when you join in January, the club will help you start trimming 3, 5, or even 10+ hours off your workweek by the end of the month. If you don’t get results, send me an email within your first 30 days and I’ll refund your entire payment.

Ready to get out of survival mode?

The club will be accepting new members from
Dec 26th – Jan. 4th.

Sign up for the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club’s free newsletter. I’ll send you a getting started guide now so you can see samples of the club materials. You’ll also be notified about a free online training in late December that will help you trim an hour off your workweek right away.