The Lazy Teacher's Handbook – New Edition

How your students learn more when you teach less

By: Jim Smith


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Size222 x 182mm
PublishedFebruary 2017

It’s more than six years since the bestselling Lazy Teacher’s Handbook was first published and Jim Smith’s Lazy Teaching philosophy has developed significantly in that time. This new revised edition details Jim’s latest thinking on how to be the best lazy, but outstanding, teacher you can be. Every chapter has been revised and some significantly expanded, particularly those on planning, conducting and reviewing lazy lessons. Others have been updated with Jim’s latest tried-and-tested techniques, which all shift the emphasis away from the teaching and onto the learning.

Have you ever wondered what would happen in your classroom if you simply stopped teaching? Over the last few decades the demands of countless education initiatives, not to mention the pressures good teachers put on themselves, have seen so much teaching squeezed into our lessons, it must have squeezed out some of the learning. Maybe if we spent a little less time teaching and gave students a little more time to learn, things would be different. Maybe this would allow us more opportunities to build relationships with the class and develop that all-important rapport with the individuals who might just need us most. Maybe we could even reclaim our Sunday afternoons from planning and marking?

The Lazy Way can help you get more out of your students and at the same time help you to get your life back. More than just a series of tricks, the Lazy Way is something Jim Smith has put together over years of experience working with all sorts of learners (and teachers) who want their lessons to be different yet still be rewarded with academic success. The approach was born out of Jim’s frustration with doing a job he loves but being slowly killed by it in the process. And, as all good psychologists know, if necessity is the mother of invention then frustration is the absent father, and being knackered the grown-up sibling who just won’t leave home.

If you want your students to learn more and you to work less, then The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook provides you with all the arguments and evidence you need. The new edition is packed full of even more easy-to-apply, highly effective strategies (which Ofsted have rated as ‘outstanding’) all with the seal of approval from real students in real classrooms. So, next time someone tells you to get a life, this book will make it possible.

Contents include:

1. Pass Notes

2. Old Fashioned Teaching with a Lazy Twist

3. The Lazy Approach to Lesson Outcomes

4. Structuring the Lazy Lesson

5. The Prepare Phase – Great Lazy Lesson Ideas

6. The Action Phase – Great Lazy Lesson Ideas

7. The Review Phase – Great Lazy Lesson Ideas

8. Marking, Assessment and Feedback RIP!

9. IT – the Lazy Teacher’s Friend

10. Lazy Language that Changes Everything

11. Differentiation Done the Lazy Way

12. Getting the Best from Teaching Assistants – the Lazy Way

13. The Lazy Tutor

Previously published as The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook, ISBN 9781845902896.

‘The Lazy Teacher’ is a registered trademark.

The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook – first edition Winner of the 2012 Award for non-fiction bestselling English-language Book from Wales.

The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook – New Edition - Honorable Mention 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards in the Education category.

The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook - New Edition is a finalist in the 2018 Education Resources Awards in the Educational Book Award category.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith, the laziest (yet still professional) teacher in town, is a head of school, education consultant, Independent Thinking Associate, speaker and bestselling author.


  1. The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook provides practical ideas to help teachers establish a student-led approach in the classroom, which has proven to empower students to actively learn. It will be very useful for those at the beginning of their teaching career, and will also enable established teachers to enliven some of their current teaching practices. The book also contains some practical ideas to support differentiation, assessment and feedback. Not all the strategies provided will be suitable for all educational establishments, but there is something for everyone to choose from within the book.

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