“This book is written by a teacher – for teachers. Murphy comes alongside the reader to share his experiences in a way that is practical and relatable. The book is direct, short, and practical. You will be glad you read it, and it will change your teaching for the better right away. Most importantly, it may save your sanity.”
Are you exhausted, headed toward burnout, or even thinking about quitting? Do you have a pile of papers that you’re putting off looking at? Does lesson planning regularly cut into your personal time? Is the balance you strive for in life out of reach because of your job?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not alone. Teachers all over the world are struggling to excel in the classroom without sacrificing personal time, relationships, and even their health. And the expectations keep rising. Few people will give you permission to do less, which is why it’s more important than ever that teachers start taking better care of themselves.
In Leave School At School, Paul Murphy, an 18-year veteran of the classroom, explains how a few small changes in mindsets can lead to a greatly reduced workload. You’ll read about evidence-based strategies that will help you, and also benefit your students. You’ll be more productive while working fewer hours. You’ll work less, live more, and teach better. You will leave school where it belongs and gain back your nights, weekends, and breaks. You’ll extend your teaching career and get more enjoyment out of it.
In this book, you will learn:
–Why it’s important to optimize your teaching practices
–The importance of saying no
–How to prioritize, so you spend time on what matters most
–Why you should never waste a minute of planning time
–How to stop taking student work home
–How to grade less student writing
–Why you should stop creating lessons
–How to get all your work done in an eight-hour day
Your students need you at your best, and the world needs happy, effective, experienced teachers. When you start leaving school at school, you’ll be on your way to a more productive career and a more fulfilling life.