December 28, 2016

Join the Teachers Working Smarter Facebook Group

Have you heard the buzz lately about the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club? It's an amazing course that Angela Watson of the Cornerstone for Teachers blog developed to help teachers learn how to trim hours off their work weeks and achieve work/life balance.

Despite its title, the course isn't really about reducing your work week to just 40 hours, although some members do just that. It's about learning to use your time more productively so that you can get more done in less time, thereby reducing your work load and the number of hours you spend working.

How much would it be worth to you if you could trim 10 or more hours from your work week? 

Saving that much time might seem like an impossible goal, but surveys of 40 HTW Club members have shown that it's more than possible - its the norm!

In fact, club members trim an average of 11 hours from their work weeks!

Surveys show that teachers who enroll in the course reduce their work weeks from an average of 62 hours to 51 hours by the time they graduate from it! That's more than 500 hours a year!

The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club isn't free, of course, but the resources you'll receive will far outweigh the cost of enrollment. It almost sounds too good to be true, so I wouldn't blame you if you were a bit skeptical.

Join the Teachers Working Smarter Facebook Group
That's why I created a private Facebook group called Teachers Working Smarter. I wanted a place where teachers who are already in the 40 HTW Club could connect with those who are thinking of joining. Angela isn't a part of the group because I want members to be able to ask anything they want about the club. Whether you're a current club member or you're interested in learning more, I invite you to join!

To sign up for the Teachers Working Smarter Group, please take BOTH steps below:
  1. Fill out this Google Doc form with your contact information. 
  2. Click over to the Teachers Working Smarter Facebook group and then click the Join button to request membership. 

Note: Your membership status will appear as pending until I approve it, which I will do if you've filled out the Google Doc form in step 1. However, I only approve memberships a few times a day, so please be patient!

Remember how I asked what it would be worth if you could trim 10 or more hours from your workweek? Many would say that saving that much time would be PRICELESS!

You could use that time to start taking better care of yourself, as I wrote in New Year's Resolutions to Keep the Joy in Teaching.

You could also use those extra hours to spend more time with your family. Within a week of joining, one club member wrote that she was thrilled to finally able to eat dinner with her family instead of staying late at work every day. Another shared that she had not been able to attend her daughter's dance recitals until after enrolling in the course and learning how to use her time more productively!

How will YOU use the extra time you carve out for yourself? I look forward to reading YOUR success story in the Teachers Working Smarter Facebook Group!




Full disclosure: The links shared in this post are affiliate links, but I can assure you that I would never recommend anything to you that I didn't believe in 100%. I'm a member of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club and it's absolutely amazing... and life-changing!

December 25, 2016

New Year's Resolutions That Will Keep the Joy in Teaching

Are you making any New Year's Resolutions? If you're like most people, you've identified at least a few goals to accomplish this year, and I'm guessing that improving your physical fitness and health is one of them.

But achieving that goal is going to take more than determination. It will take TIME, and that's something most teachers don't have! 

That's why I'm excited to share about an amazing program called the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club! Angela Watson developed this course to help teachers achieve work/life balance, which will free up TIME to achieve ALL of the important goals in your life!

I'll tell you more about the program later in this post, but first I want you to understand why it's so important to learn strategies that will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend working.

Let's get back to that goal of improving your physical fitness and health. When it comes right down to it, taking better care of yourself means taking time to do the things that will improve your overall health such as:
  • exercising every day 
  • shopping for and preparing healthy foods
  • getting more sleep
  • relaxing and doing something for ourselves each day 
However, most teachers are up at the crack of dawn and they're in their classrooms before most people roll out of bed! And a teacher's day doesn't end at 3 pm when the kids leave because there are meetings to attend, lessons to write, papers to grade, materials to prepare for the next day... need I say more? Then it's off to run errands, cook (or buy) dinner for the family, help their own children with homework, grade more papers, plan more lessons... only to fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day! Even weekends don't necessarily mean time off, because teachers often spend time on Saturday and/or Sunday planning lessons, grading papers, and reading professional books.

No wonder teachers find it almost impossible to take of themselves! They spend 95% of their day taking care of everyone else! When you add up the hours teachers spend at school or on schoolwork, the time can easily add up to 60, 70, or 80 hours a WEEK!


Remember that New Year's Resolution to get physically fit and healthy?

It's not gonna happen unless you deal with the REAL problem which is that your life is completely out of balance! You're spending too much time on schoolwork and not enough time on YOU!

Face it. There's no way you're going to find time to take care of yourself until you get a handle on your workload and learn to achieve work/balance.  

But wait... is that even possible? I didn't use to think so. I was convinced that I had to work 70 or 80 hours a week to get the job done, and I couldn't see any other option without sacrificing the quality of my work or shortchanging my students.

But I was wrong. It IS possible for teachers to achieve work/life balance!