The Lazy Teacher's Handbook: How Your Students Learn More When You Teach Less (Independent Thinking Series) (The Independent Thinking Series)

The Lazy Teacher's Handbook: How Your Students Learn More When You Teach Less (Independent Thinking Series) (The Independent Thinking Series)

Jim Smith, Ian Gilbert

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1845902890

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Ever wonder what would happen if you stopped teaching 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 from over 10 years of experience in the classroom, this handbook of tried-and-tested techniques shifts the emphasis away from teaching and onto learning, and makes your life so much easier in the process. Sick of planning lessons? Get the students to plan them for you. (After all, personalized learning can't involve 30 lesson plans!). This powerful little book is packed full of easy-to-apply and highly effective strategies. What's more, they all have the seal of approval by real students in real classrooms. In fact, many of them have been created 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.












happen to teach. Principle 4: Technology should be used to empower learners. Like the proverbial hot potato, get the technology out of your hands and into the far more capable and willing hands of the learners as often and for as long as possible. Interactive technology is just that – a shared resource. That brand new interactive whiteboard in your classroom is not just a special toy for you, so get over it and make sure they are using it more often than you are each lesson. By getting IT into

Dirty Harry Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. Gone with the Wind Please be quiet now. Oh, come on everyone please. Err … you are wasting your time not mine. Now, that really is enough. I am aware the bell has gone. The bell is for me not you. We can wait all night – I have plenty of marking to do … Scenes in a Classroom OK, so the last one is made up. But if you did have a famous phrase in your classroom, what would it be? If it is anything like what my students told me during my first

petrol, and in the process had his sixth form class of aspiring and newly qualified drivers on the edge of their seats: ‘Have you ever wondered how the government’s views on the economy could mean you pay more for your petrol next year? And might you be interested how you can avoid paying that extra money by exercising your right to vote?’ And if you worry that your new subtle lazy ways will be lost on your students, let them make it RING for themselves with this approach: ‘Give yourself a

cutest, cuddliest creatures that waddles this earth with a ball on its nose? The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) strategy recognises that not only can you be intelligent in many different ways, but also you should be intelligent in different ways. Using emotional intelligence is crucial to surviving in the twenty-first century (it probably was in previous centuries as well – we were too busy killing each other to notice). The professions now recognise that, when you bring

because we do not engage students in conversations about learning often enough. This is a great way to end the week and if you can find the time to phone home and carry on the celebration, it is a very lazy way of going into the weekend feeling oh so good about what you do! On your way to work Especially good if you have a tutor time in the morning – simply ask anyone you can (and I mean anyone) to pop in ‘on your way to work’ and say what they do for a living (or used to do). Reassure them

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