Is There a Way for Teachers to Get Everything Done in 40 Hours Per Week?

How to Work Smarter Not Harder

Professor Schwartz
3 min readAug 12, 2022


Every teacher works more than 40 hours per week. It’s so common that teachers decided to make it a “badge of honor”, instead of pushing back and refusing to do work.

Is there a way for teachers to get everything done in 40 hours a week?

I am a recognized expert in the field of education and I have interviewed over 5000 teachers in the last decade. Most of them would say there is no way they could get everything done in only 40 hours per week.

But they would be wrong.

Solving the First Problem

The single biggest time waster for teachers is the lesson plan. Most teachers work on their lesson plans every single week, but those hours add up quickly. On average, teachers spend more than 200 hours per year writing and re-writing lesson plans.

If you’re keeping score — that equals five full weeks of overtime.

For most teachers, they cannot see anyway around the lesson plan time suck. They just accept it as a necessary evil for being a teacher.

But that’s not the whole story.

There is a way that expert teachers write lesson plans that greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to write them. And all of that time savings ends up back in the teacher’s pocket.

The First Practice Area

For the last two years, I have been doing research and writing a new book titled, “The Practice of Teaching” which will be the 21st century bible for teachers. It will outline how teachers can stop spending hours per week writing and re-writing lesson plans and learn how to prep themselves like an expert teacher.

The secret key to expert level lesson planning is using scope and sequence as your guide.

Join the Teacher Facebook Group

If you want to learn some quick lesson plan hacks to reduce the amount of time it takes writing them, consider joining the private Teacher Facebook Group.

This is a place for teachers to interact with one another, ask questions and also download five FREE teacher guides and starter kits.

There is a way for teachers to get everything done in 40 hours a week, but teachers need to solve the lesson plan issue first, before moving on to other time wasters throughout the year.

About the Author:

D.Scott Schwartz, M.Ed. is the CEO and Founder of Leaf Academy as well as an education think tank. He writes articles for Medium, and makes posts on social media providing data, facts and evidence to the general public. He hosts a weekly LIVE podcast on Instagram called “Tuesdays with Schwartz.” For more information go to the Leaf Academy website (link in bio.)



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