Teach Smarter, Not Harder Review
Overall, I wasn't disappointed with this read. It actually made me feel pretty good, which is what summer is all about, right? In fact, Karl Prokop actually says that "a rested and recharged teacher is a happy teacher." I was recharged after reading it.
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Yesterday I finished Teach Smarter, Not Harder.
Karl addresses late work, which is a major struggle for me. I working next year on retraining myself, so I can retrain my students that late work will not be tolerated. Thanks for another reminder, Karl!
Another interesting point that Karl makes is that students remember the feelings from your class years down the road and not the actual lessons. I am not entirely sure that I agree with this sentiment. Much of what I do in my own classroom is based on the wonders of Ms. Seacord and Ms. Steadman. I think the really great lessons do last?
However, I also know that I am not the most emotionally intelligent person out there as my mantra is: "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it." I am working to be more empathetic with my students and my own girls.
Karl also addresses the significance of routines in your classroom. I like them just as much as the students. After all, aren't we all just creatures of habit? Who really likes change? I have some great routines in my classroom...ooooh another post topic.
He has wonderful ideas on getting students to class on time, focusing students' attention, managing the grading (something I struggle with) and creating rules. In addition, there are some wonderful technology tricks that I want to try out.
I certainly would recommend this as a refreshing summer read for teachers.