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The Lazy Teacher's Handbook: How your students learn more when you teach less (Independent Thinking Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Smith , Les Evans , Ian Gilbert
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Book Description

Ever wondered what would happen if you stopped teaching in your lessons? You might be surprised. If you want your students to learn more and you to work less, then this book provides you with all the arguments and evidence you need to become a lazy, but outstanding teacher. Gathered over 10 years in the classroom, this handbook of tried-and-tested techniques shifts the emphasis away from the teaching and onto the learning, and makes your life so much easier in the process. Fed up missing out on those sunny Sundays? Maybe your marking could be done by the local community instead? Sick of planning lessons? Get the students to plan them for you. (After all, personalised learning can’t involve 30 lesson plans!). This powerful book is packed full of easy-to-apply and highly effective strategies (which Ofsted have rated as ‘outstanding’ ). What’s more, they all have the seal of approval of real students in real classrooms. In fact, many of them have been thought up by the students themselves, but that’s why Jim Smith is called the Lazy Teacher. So, next time someone says to you to get a life, this book will make it possible.

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Oozes professionalism and rigour and it does so with a confidence that will encourage teachers to think again about their classroom practice. --Mick Waters, Professor of Education, President of the Curriculum Foundation

If you imbibe the essential principles he outlines in the book, you'll find yourself with a great toolkit of pupil-proof teaching techniques which will make you enjoy your teaching more and help you get better results. I learnt a lot from the book and would whole-heartedly recommend it to other colleagues. --Francis Gilbert -- author 'I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here' and 'Working The System -- How To Get The Best State Education For Your Child'

Written in an engaging and down-to-earth style, The Lazy Teacher's Handbook is packed full of 'things to try' in lessons, but is also underpinned by a view of teaching and learning that is humane and hopeful. --John Morgan (Reader in Education, Institute of Education London and University of Bristol)

About the Author

Jim Smith is Assistant Headteacher at Clevedon School focusing on learning and CPD, is a BSF adviser and an Independent Thinking Associate.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A truly inspirational book for anyone who loves learning - this should be a teacher's bible, compulsory on every ITET Course in the country. Thank you Jim for giving an honest, motivational and fascinating book to the world of education. Jim's book is far from Lazy - it's pure magic that will revolutionize ANY classroom or school. Dare you to read it......I did and LOVED IT. If you like this book try these too......Rocket Up Your Class!: 101 High Impact Activities to Start, Break and End Lessons (Independent Thinking Series)The Little Book of Music for the Classroom (Independent Thinking Series) Using Music to Improve Memory, Motivation, Learning and CreativityThe Competency Curriculum Tookit: A Competency Curriculum Tookit Implementing the PLTS at KS3 (Developing Plts Through Themed)The Little Book of Values: Educating Children to Become Thinking, Responsible and Caring Citizens (Independent Thinking Series)The Little Book of Big Stuff about the Brain:: The True Story of Your Amazing Brain (Independent Thinking Series)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing! 28 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the best investment I have ever made in that it has genuinely transformed my working life. It has revolutionised the way I think about what happens in my classroom and how I plan and teach my lessons. I was drowning under my colossal workload until I read this and realised that so much of what I was doing was completely unnecessary and wasn't really helping my students, either. There are a lot of teachers out there who are quick to dismiss all new ideas and approaches and claim they 'wouldn't work' for them, and those are the type who would give this book 1 star. For those of us with an open mind and a desire to change, this is all you need to give you a fresh start and a new lease of life in the classroom. And, for all the English teachers reading - Jim Smith's tips on cutting down on marking are actually practical and achievable, especially when it comes to the dreaded KS3 exercise books. Honestly, if you only ever buy one teaching related book, this has to be it. This is not about jazzing up lessons for observations - it's about changing the way in which you approach teaching to bring about long term benefits for both you and your students. This should be the textbook for teacher training courses - if all teachers taught like this, maybe there would be more left in the profession!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Truly, this is a breath of fresh air. For so long, excellent teachers have ended each day on their knees, whilst their students skip merrily out of school, still bursting with energy. Teachers continue to exhaust themselves in their efforts to 'cover all bases'; plan for all possible (and impossible) eventualities and make sure that their students depart with their heads full of stuff. Jim Smith's book gives permission to teachers to step back and delight in the opportunities for learning that they create. This book provides a practical, real and valuable set of tried and tested approaches that allow teachers to let the learning flow from and with the students.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Teachers Unite! 25 Sept. 2010
By RonS
What a great book - but not at all what the main title suggests. The sub-title is what its REALLY about. Teaching (ie talking) less so that they learn more. My pupils are SO much more energised - once they got used to having to think about what they needed to do. The section on 'lazy' tutoring is useful too - my form have really enjoyed doing some of the activities suggested.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for New Teachers 16 April 2010
By B. Cook
This great book provides practical advice and assistance to help improve your pupils ability to learn independently.

As a PGCE student this is a key challenge for me as my tutors really emphasise independent learning.

I am using the Lazy Lesson structure as the basis for all my lessons and it is making planning a whole lot easier.

This book has aided my progression over the last few weeks and has provided real guidance for me as a hopeful new teacher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer 18 Nov. 2011
Love the ideas and the enthusiasm with which this is written. A lot of thought has gone into becoming a lazy teacher.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life saver 14 Jan. 2011
Even with 18 years of teaching experience this book is a true inspiration! Reminded me of many things done in the past and forgotten and lots of new ideas too!

Totally recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book. Good ideas for the classroom 29 July 2014
By Amanda
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Some good ideas in here. Some of them I do anyway and some I just needed reminding of but there are things in here that I plan to use next term to spice things up and to 'teach more and talk less'
It shouldn't be called 'Lazy teacher' as there aren't many of those, I don't think, but otherwise it's good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks useful! 5 weeks left to read it to become ...
Looks useful! 5 weeks left to read it to become a better teacher, albeit teaching how Ofsted / Government want me to teach rather than how I want to do it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by MP
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Tripe
All the trendy phrases such as 'Child Centred' ' Independent learners' etc, with no academic rigour to be seen. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mr. Peter J. Scotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Easy to read, full of great ideas and based in the realities of the classroom. Would recommend to teachers from primary school to university. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sinead W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, lots of good ideas bought his other book too. both recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Neil Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Jim Smith!
Excellent and innovative ideas! Highly recommend for ALL teachers regardless of how far in the profession they are.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. A. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book great ideas n prompt service
Published 2 months ago by tracy manfredi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some very good ideas and tips but a fair bit of repetition too. Would still recommend for any teacher
Published 2 months ago by andrew martin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Mostly for primary school use.
Published 3 months ago by T. J. M. Klerk
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical choice
Good practical ideas
Published 4 months ago by suehobkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by needle
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