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. Gathered over ten years in the classroom, the tried-and-tested techniques shift the emphasis away from the teaching and onto the learning making your life so much easier in the process.
Are you working when everyone else seems to be doing something more exciting? Maybe your marking could be done by someone else. Are you fed up with planning lessons? Why not get the students to plan them for you. Besides, personalised learning shouldn't really involve thirty lesson plans!
This powerful book is packed full of easy-to-apply and highly effective strategies, 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 'get a life', this book will make it possible.
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'This book deserves a place in every staffroom. Place it on the centre table, invite all staff to enjoy it and then, to misquote Auden,
Stop all the bells, disconnect the LCD
Deny the kids a wordsearch with a mental age of three
Dazzle the inspector and with seated bum
Bring on Independence, and let Learning come.'
Dr Barry Hymer (MD of Still Thinking UK Ltd and Visiting Fellow, Newcastle University's Centre for Learning and Teaching
'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.'
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.'
'This is an outstanding book, easily readable and 'flick-through-able' and jammed full of excellent ideas for outstanding teaching and learning.'
Jocelyn Sumner, Partnership Director, University of Exeter, Devon (Former Head of RE at Teign School, Devon) and member of Association of Christian Teachers
'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)
' Many teachers and support workers have problems with the application of differentiation... use this excellent book as a staff reference to enable staff teams to review and question their current practice.'
John T Morris Educational Consultant
'...both practical with hundreds of good ideas and readable at the same time.'
Leadership Focus Magazine
'This is an ideal book for those students and teachers willing to think creatively - outside the box.'
Marian Thomas, Head of ITET, Trinity University College Carmarthen
'Without doubt this text evokes reflective practice and a review of traditional teaching methods.'
Marissa Bryan, Croydon Higher Education College
'...a book to dip into and I am sure many teachers will find new ideas and strategies as well as some well-known favourites.'
Mary Mountstephen, SEN Magazine
'Explains how teachers can enjoy their responsibility by helping the learners to realise that they have to share the work and in doing so they will enjoy it and find it fulfilling.'
Mick Waters, Professor of Education, President of the Curriculum Foundation
'...a welcome reminder of the ability most teachers possess as well as being an invaluable reference point. And I for one am looking forward to reclaiming my Lazy Sundays.'
Pauline Tomlin, 'Deputy Curriculum Leader and coordinator KS3', Belle Vue Boys' School, Bradford
'An invaluable resource in our development of the PELTS at Priory Community School. Following an INSET from Jim we purchased the book as a reference guide to becoming a 'lazy teacher'. We have been asking for several years teachers to develop more independent learners in their classrooms, Jim's take on it makes it happen from a 'lazy' point of view! Each area of school uses the resource and our evaluation has been that this book has led our teachers and students to a position where learning takes over from teaching. The students now do the hard work of thinking and doing not the teacher.'
Neville Coles, Principal, Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare
Thank you so much the book couldn't have come along at a better time for me. I was becoming bored with doing the same things every day. We have pushed our GCSE results from 44% to 70% in five years but we've damn near killed ourselves doing it! What you said last week really resonated with me and echoed some of the things that we often discuss as a department but never have a solution for. The 'Lazy Way' is really beginning to have a positive impact on the way we approach teaching and learning in the department.
Mel Marris, Frederick Gough School
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