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

Jim Smith , Ian Gilbert
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22 Feb 2010 1845902890 978-1845902896
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 lesson? Get the students to plan them for you. (After all, personalised learning can t involve 30 lesson plans!). This powerful little 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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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (22 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845902890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845902896
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 18 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By ZE
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life saver 14 Jan 2011
By Michele
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lazy teacher's handbook 9 April 2011
By Shari
Format:Paperback
Despite the title,this is actually for teachers who wish to enable the children in their clas to become better learners by choosing to manage the classroom a bit differently. I found it a helpful, practical look at some activities and changes that make quite a big difference in the class. I have tried a few of the ideas out with good results and feedback from the children.

It was easy to read and was written in practical, lighthearted way.

A good opportunity to reflect and change planning...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Teachers Unite! 25 Sep 2010
By RonS
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer 18 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lazy teachers handbook 12 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
This is an easy-to-read book for the busy teachers Jim is trying to help.
He keeps the focus succinct and relevant, whilst using amusing cartoons to brighten the book. The term `Lazy' may attract many or dissuade some, and perhaps "Maximum Effect - Minimum Effort" is a better description since he is really concentrating on getting the students to learn effectively, whilst maintaining the "Well Being" of the teacher - a major concern in secondary schools. A quick poll of our GTP students indicates that this could fill an important niche in the market and I would also encourage secondary schools to have this in their staff CPD library.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for New Teachers 16 April 2010
By B. Cook
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for NQTs and trainee teachers
It is full of very easy and clear tips to follow. It shows how you can be more effective in a more practical way when teaching. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Canela
4.0 out of 5 stars Not rocket science but some elegantly simple suggestions
A physically bulky book that kind of labours a fairly simple principle: get the chn to do more of the work. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Andy Szebeni
2.0 out of 5 stars Great title but little content
There was far too much waffle and clever repetition but too few real teaching ideas for an relatively expensive book. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Paul B. Cosser
3.0 out of 5 stars New teachers must have
Useful classroom tips. A book that u can dip in and out of. Fun ideas for lessons that do help with workload
Published 1 month ago by Karen Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for all those teachers that
feel they need to refresh their teaching methodology ! It never gets boring and the language isn't that difficult for non English speakers!
Published 1 month ago by shopaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for a NQT
I found quite a lot of useful information in this, but more than anything else it was reassuring and empowering, giving me 'permission' to try out my own ideas in class, however... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greenky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, instructive and simply understood!
As far as I've read it has a good set of practical ideas. Despite teaching teens, examples may sometimes refer to primary kids, but there is still a great of others which I'm... Read more
Published 1 month ago by agu
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book
This book is a great read if you are struggling to find a work/life balance. It's helping me find mine by giving hits and ideas on how to be the best teacher you can be without... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claire Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars great ideas
Got the book for my NQT, really good ideas in it. Some are harder to use depending on your subject, but it really makes you realise a lot of things and how to organise yourself in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by frederique dolder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea...unfortunate title.
If you want your students to learn more and you to work less, this book provides you with all the arguments and evidence you need to become a lazy, but outstanding, teacher. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Goldsmith
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