What makes great teaching?

Pragmatic Education

Great teaching combines effective instruction with continuous improvement.

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the words you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools…

Rudyard Kipling, 1892

If

“English Teacher Joe Kirby has taken me to task in his blog ‘Pragmatic Education’… I take particularly seriously the concerns teachers such as Joe Kirby have about the teaching practices which our current examination system encourages.
He, and many others, are deeply worried about what he calls, ‘the enacted school curriculum: what actually gets taught in classrooms.’… Kirby’s challenge to us in government is clear.”

Secretary of…

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One thought on “What makes great teaching?

  1. Pie Corbett

    For me – good teaching stays with the learner – it is memorable. It helps the learner discover something in themselves that they did not know was there – an ability to do something that might hitherto have been thought of as impossible….

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