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Whole School Progress the Lazy Way: Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You

Whole School Progress the Lazy Way: Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You [Kindle Edition]

Jim Smith , Ian Gilbert
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Jim Smith has done it again. He has picked up the approach from his first book and pushed it right to the core of the current educational buzz word: 'progress'. 'Progress' has become one of those words which it is easy to say, but harder to treat with respect. Hence it risks being treated with lip service by pupils, by teachers and at whole school level as people look over their shoulders at those who are watching them. This book cuts through all that, and offers a wealth of ideas for treating the word 'progress' seriously and ensuring that pupils have a chance of making some and knowing they have. Using the techniques of his first book, Jim offers idea upon idea in a way that is entirely accessible. The Lazy bit is again a misnomer but the book does show how thinking teachers and school leaders can make their jobs enjoyable and reap the rewards for effort that makes sense. --Mick Waters, Professor of Education at Wolverhampton University

A welcome sequel to Jim Smith`s first book, and again jam-packed with ideas for invisibly transferring the learning load onto students - this time with an emphasis on whole-school processes. Readable, amusing and quirky, I expect this to do as well as its predecessor. --Barry J Hymer, Professor of psychology in education, Education Faculty, University of Cumbria

Being a self confessed fan of the Lazy Way and having read The Lazy Teacher`s Handbook, seen Jim Smith deliver INSET and been fortunate to visit the home of Lazy Teaching in Clevedon, I greeted this book with a measure of excitement and a dose of Ofsted weary cynicism. Excitement at the idea of more off beat, yet enormously effective, strategies for delivering effective progress in my classroom; and cynicism at the potential for the approach to have taken on the age old appearance of simply being last year s educational fad. Fortunately, I am writing this with yet more excitement and not a trace of cynicism. The book and its author maintain a sense of infectious enthusiasm, wonderful humour and genuinely intelligent comment on the educational landscape in 2012, allied to a rock solid approach to dealing with the challenging concept of ensuring every child makes progress in every lesson they encounter. It is written in an easy, flowing style which allows you to take ideas on board and see how they relate to both current Ofsted requirements and contemporary educational thinking in general. It contains a constant stream of useful tips and strategies which can be adopted wholesale or picked carefully and adapted to your, and your class`s, own style. The lesson model provides real scope for development in your own school, whilst maintaining its theme of children developing the capacity to understand the concept of checking their own progress. Whilst the book attempts to be light hearted and humorous, it addresses very real and very complex issues. It does this without being flippant or patronising and constantly recognises that teaching should be a job which teachers should thoroughly enjoy! The book covers the use of data, effective lesson observation and the development of a whole school Lazy ethos. All are brought into the overall approach in a simple, sharp and rational manner which seems to make perfect sense. The seemingly endless, practical strategies which litter the text add to the feeling that you are reading a genuinely relevant and useful manual for teaching today. The book is a thoroughly enjoyable, suitably humorous and endlessly useful read. It is a natural step from The Lazy Teacher s Handbook and takes the concept of Lazy Teaching out of the classroom and into the whole school. Congratulations on another inevitable success, Jim. Mind you ... I`m sure he`s nicked a couple of my ideas! --Geoff Cherrill, Vice Principal, Nova Hreod, Swindon.

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Following on from the acclaimed The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook, Jim Smith applies his lazy philosophy to flip the task of ‘leading learning’ to ‘letting learning lead’. Covering all aspects of learning, including the planning of outstanding lessons, lesson observation, passing performance management targets and creating inspiring learning environments the book poses the question ‘what would happen if you let learning lead?’. You might just find you enjoy your job more than ever as well as see a big improvement in the quality of learning and progress for your pupils.Based on Jim Smith’s leadership work to improve learning (in a lazy way of course) this book is packed with highly practical solutions and suggestions that are proven to help you improve the quality of learning and progress but in a lazy way both in your classroom and across the school.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4098 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press (27 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MJLWA8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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There are two things that will transform the nature of teaching and learning in this country - brave heads and lazy teachers.

So, when it comes to helping teachers to teach less (and the children learn more) there's one person who can really show schools how it's done. After all, Jim Smith is one of the laziest, offloadiest, most delegation-happy teachers we've ever met. He is the original Lazy Teacher.

And it's no coincidence that he's also one of the best classroom practitioners we know (something The National Teaching Awards agree with as well, awarding Jim a Distinction in the category of Secondary School Teacher of the year 2010).

Jim is passionate about ensuring learners get more from their education than the standard diet of classroom-based teacher-led learning. After all, how long can you lead from the front, if you are collapsed under the desk?

If you want your students to learn more and you to work less, then Jim's Lazy Way provides you with all the arguments and evidence you need to become a lazy, but outstanding teacher. Gathered over 10 years (and counting) in the classroom the Lazy Way is based on tried-and-tested techniques that shift the emphasis away from the teaching and onto the learning, help you hit your PLTS or skills based curriculum buttons and make your life so much easier in the process.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic-for all secondary teachers 20 Nov 2012
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I bought this as I really enjoyed the lazy teachers hand book. This is better. I expected it to be aimed at middle managers and SLT with the "whole school progress" on the cover. It is in fact an awesome guide for classroom teachers. With the changing pressures from Ofsted it presents a wide variety of ideas that can be used instantly in the classroom to ensure progress and evidence progress to the students themselves as well as ibservers. It aims to encourage students to take ownership of their learning and makes simple, practical suggestions to do this. LOVE it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 10 Dec 2012
By Jane A
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This is an easy read, with some good tips, although many were repeated in just a slightly different format from previous book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More for secondary 14 Oct 2012
By SuzyMM
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This had some good ideas, but was really more for secondary schools. It was easy to read and I purchased the Lazy teacher's book to find out more about the basic approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 15 Jun 2014
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Plenty of ideas which are refreshing, it takes you back to PGCE days - a great read that is currently doing the rounds amongst my colleagues :)
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