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How to value teachers’ uniqueness.

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jonny walker teaching


I have written elsewhere about how, outside of the core basics of instructional ability required of all teachers, there is a wide spectrum of skills, interests, personalities and aptitudes that individual teachers can have which would enrich their pupils. So long as teachers are teaching effectively, this amazing diversity is perhaps one of the most unconsidered but fascinating elements of primary education.

The proclivities of a given teacher can alter the educational diet of their pupils enormously – two children in the same school can, in effect, experience wholly different educational journeys.

A child who is in the class of a teacher who is passionate about sport will likely value PE more, learn more and benefit more from their PE lessons than a cold in a class where the teacher sees PE as an extension of playtime. But then, during Art lessons, the roles may reverse and the art-loving teacher…

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