Are You Doing Your Students’ Work?


In Never Work Harder Than Your Students, Robyn Jackson introduces seven principles for developing a master teacher mindset. One step toward eponymous Principle #7—”Never work harder than your students”—is reflecting on your current practices.

What work are you currently doing that really belongs to students, and what work are you asking your students to do that really belongs to you? Jackson provides a chart for contrasting teachers’ work and students’ work.

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  1. I enjoyed reading the chart comparing what the teacher does versus the student. I feel as an elementary teacher, that all too often the student’s job is not being completed because of not being prepared or a variety of issues they come to school with. I do love the comparing chart and am excited to share this with my co-workers. This may be a great chart to help us share expectations with students. Great insights!

  2. I like the chart that tell what is the teacher and student job. This chart will help me and my coworker to differentiated teacher and student work. Sometime teacher an d student work get reverse.

  3. I enjoyed reading this information. So often I do feel like I am working harder than my students and I cannot figure out how to stop and make sure that the student and I are both fulfilling our duties. I think I am going to go over this with my students and hang it up in my classroom.

  4. This is great informaiton. I know we have our basic rule follow directions, listen, stay in your seat, etc… but these make more sense for a balanced classroom. Students are often given lots of chances and do not take their work seriously. I feel this may be due to lack of communication and what I really expect from them from the perspective of what does learning look like? I will definitly be implementing these suggestions within my classroom.

  5. This chart is very imformative. I had never thought about the jobs of the teacher and student in quite that way before. If all students were actively doing their “jobs” according to the chart, I think it wold cut down on the amount of behavior problems in class. If they were focused on those aspects of learning, students wouldn’t have time to misbehave. Also, I believe that if they were doing the jobs outlined, they would feel the need to be more connected to the rest of the class and they will not feel the need to act out.

  6. I read this book and it was very informative but the lack of a discussion forum to develop ideas is sadly lacking, despite contacting ASCD and Robyn herself.


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