Teaching Resources is a website created by retired teacher Laura Candler to share ready-to-use classroom resources (Grades 2-6) . The site consists of dozens of pages of helpful information and free printables. Topics include Literature Circles, Learning Centers, Classroom Management, and academic subject areas such as math, literacy, science, and social studies.
I've been raving about Angela Watson's 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club for years because I truly believe that it's a life-changing resource. The 40 HTW Club will be open to new members starting on December 30th, and the good news is that you might be able to enroll in the club for free! Read on to find out how to enter my 40 HTW Club membership giveaway.
The40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is a teacher productivity course that has helped thousands of teachers find work/life balance. If you aren't familiar with how the program works, the best way to learn about it is to explore the resources on the 40 HTW Club website. Be sure to read some of the glowing testimonials from teachers who have already joined the club, and take this personalized quiz to find out if the program is right for you.
If you're convinced that the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is exactly what you need to achieve work/life balance, you have two options. You can purchase a membership when the club opens on December 30th or enter the giveaway now and cross your fingers! How to Enter the 40 HTW Club Membership Giveaway Click over to my Teaching Resources Facebook page and comment on the giveaway post before 9 pm ET on December 29th. Explain why you want to win a membership in the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club, and how you expect to benefit from the club resources. In your entry, please share the grade level and/or subject area you teach, too. The more detail you include in your entry about why you want to win, the better your chances of winning.
More Giveaway Details You Need to Know
The giveaway ends on December 29th at 9 pm ET.
40 HTW Club membership is not transferable, so only enter if you want to become a member yourself. If you're already a member and you know someone who could benefit from joining the club, please share the giveaway details with him or her.
After the giveaway ends on December 29th, I'll use a random-selection app to select 10 entries from all of the comments on the giveaway Facebook post. After reading all 10 entries carefully, I'll personally select the final winner.
On the morning of December 30th, I'll send an email to my Candler's Classroom Connections subscribers to announce the winner's name. If you are not on my email list, sign up now so you'll be sure to receive this notification. (You'll get access to over 75 free resources, too!)
If you have questions about the 40 HTW Club and would like to connect with teachers who are already enrolled in it, join my Facebook group, Teachers Working Smarter. It's a private group, so you'll need to fill out this Google Doc form to request access. After you're in the group, you can ask anything you'd like and you'll get answers from teachers who are in the club.
Are you ready to achieve work/life balance? Angela Watson's40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club has the all the tools you need to make it happen! You might get lucky and win a free membership, but if you don't, I encourage you to purchase a membership on your own. I can guarantee that if you do, you'll make 2018 your best year ever!
Disclaimer: The links in this post are affiliate links which means I earn a commission if you purchase a membership after clicking on my link. However, I can promise you that I would never promote a product or service to my followers if I didn’t believe in it 100%. Angela is the creator of The Cornerstone For Teachers blog, and if you follow her, you'll know she's amazing.
It's hard to believe that the typical workweek is 40 hours, because a 40-hour workweek seems like an impossible dream to most teachers. When you add up the time spent planning lessons, prepping materials, teaching students, attending meetings, grading papers, and contacting parents, it's easy to understand why most teachers work 50, 60, or even 70 hours a week!
Teachers don't necessarily WANT to work this many hours, but they don't believe it's possible to work less time and still be effective. I used to feel that way, too, but I was wrong.
My eyes were opened when I watched Angela Watson's online workshop for teachers, Trim Three (or More!) Hours Off Your Workweek NOW. Every time she introduced a new productivity strategy, I thought, "Wow! Why didn't I think of that?! I was amazed at the number of productivity tips and simple strategies she was sharing that could easily trim HOURS off a teacher's workweek!
When Angela said that making a few small changes can make a big difference in your workload, it was like a light bulb went off in my head! I realized that the most important thing we have to change is our mindsets. When we adopt a growth mindset and open ourselves to new possibilities, we start to see dozens of ways to save time and be more productive!
Supercharge Your Results with the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club!
If you like the strategies Angela shares in the webinar, take it a step farther by joining her 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. If you do, I guarantee that you'll get even more drastic results!
According to a recent survey, club members who completed the course cut an average of 11 hours from their workweeks! Holy cow! That's over 500 hours a year!
I've written several posts about the 40 HTW Club because it's an amazing resource for teachers. I truly believe that if you can achieve work/life balance, you'll be a happier and more effective teacher, and this club will give you the tools to do that.
If you'd like to spend less time working, but you just don't think it's possible, you NEED to watch Angela Watson's free online training, Trim Three (or More!) Hours Off Your Workweek Now. If you implement just a few of the tips you learn, you'll be able to cut hours from your workweek with very little effort, and you'll be that much closer to achieving work/life balance!
Disclaimer: I'm an affiliate of Angela's 40 HTW Club which means I earn a commission each time someone purchases the course after clicking on my affiliate link. However, I would never recommend a course to you unless I was convinced it was absolutely amazing! I can assure you that if you're willing to do the work, your results will be amazing, even life-changing!
I'm excited to announce that my Teaching Resources website and my Corkboard Connections blog are now together on LauraCandler.com! The two sites were formerly on separate platforms, but when Teaching Resources was redesigned earlier this year, a blog was integrated into the site. All of my Corkboard Connections posts were moved to the blog category on Teaching Resources, and all new posts will be published there. I guess that means this is officially the last Corkboard Connections post!
How to Navigate the New Teaching ResourcesThe new Teaching Resources website is MASSIVE, so I organized the content into categories to make it easy to find what you need. Click over to the home page and then use the menu links at the top of the site for navigation. The new site is mobile-friendly and the pages will resize to fit your device, so what you see might be slightly different from the image above. Here's an overview of what you'll find when you click on each menu link.
Home: No matter where you are on the Teaching Resources site, clicking the Home link will take you back to the main page at www.lauracandler.com. Blog: Laura's Blog is where you'll find blog posts that were originally published here on Corkboard Connections as well as all new blog posts. Resources: Here's where you'll find my virtual File Cabinet with hundreds of freebies. My professional development pages can also be found here. TpT Store: If you're looking for one of my teacher products, click this link to go directly to my TpT store. Freebies: Click the Freebies tab and sign up for my Candler's Classroom Connections newsletter. You'll get access to over 75 of my very best freebies for teachers!
Quick Links to Popular Corkboard Connections PostsLooking for a specific post? Here are a dozen of my most popular Corkboard Connections posts from the last few years. Click the titles below to find them on my new blog.
If you're looking for something that's not listed above, head over to my new blog and use the category tags in the sidebar or the search feature at the bottom of the site to search for them.
Finally, I want to thank the folks at SonicSEO for creating my awesome new website! I'm thrilled with the mobile-friendly features and the way the blog and website were integrated seamlessly into one mobile-friendly site. They worked incredibly hard to transfer hundreds of pages and thousands of images from my blog and website over to the new platform, and I love the results!
There are still a few broken links and bugs on the new site, but I'm doing my best to correct those errors as I find them. If you do experience a problem, I would be grateful if you would report it on this Google Doc form so that I can look into the issue. Thanks!
Seasonal activities are perfect for the weeks leading up to the winter holidays. Those days can be kinda crazy, but kids are more likely to stay on task when they are engaged in activities that are fun yet don't skimp on academic content. Here are a few of my favorite activities for this time of year. I hope they add a little fun to your December lesson plans!
Sugar Cone Christmas Trees One of my favorite holiday activities was to have my students follow a recipe to make Sugar Cone Christmas Trees. Reading and following a recipe might seem like an activity that's only appropriate for younger children, and it's not normally something you'd find in the 5th grade curriculum.
So, I decided to kick it up a notch by creating a set of comprehension questions to go with the recipe. I formatted the questions to make them similar to the ones on state tests, so the activity serves as a test prep lesson as well. After my students created their sugar cone Christmas Trees, I allowed them to eat their treats while answering the questions. Of course, many students did not want to eat their creations right away so I always provided gallon zip top bags for them to take home their treats.
You can find the Sugar Cone Christmas Tree recipe and comprehension questions in my December Activities Mini Pack along with a materials-request letter to send home to parents.
December Activity Mini Pack
This Sugar Cone Christmas Tree activity is just one of the many activities in my December Activities pack for upper elementary students. It's available from from my TpT store, and as always, you can preview the entire packet online to see if it meets your needs. You'll find loads of activities to use this month along with directions and answer keys. Here's a complete list:
Holiday Mug Exchange Directions
Holidays Around the World Research Project
Christmas Daily Math Puzzlers
Dreidel Game Rules and Pattern
Dreidel Math Explorations
Christmas Word Challenge
Silly Winter Stories Cooperative Learning Activity and Writing Prompts
Sugar Cone Christmas Tree Recipe and Reading Comprehension Questions
Happy Holidays Homework Pass
Happy Holidays Book Coupon
Holiday-themed Freebies I love to share freebies with my followers, so this blog post would not be complete without me sharing a holiday freebie or two. The Christmas Math Puzzler pages shown here are samples from my December Activities Mini Pack that you can download for free from the Seasonal page on Teaching Resources during December. These are two pages of math word problems on different levels, and they can be used for cooperative learning activities or independent assignments.
Also on the Seasonal page, you can find several other freebies for December, including my Christmas Paper Chain Connections literacy activity, holiday gratitude cards, and more!
I hope these activities will help you enjoy those hectic days before your winter break. Happy holidays to you!