What makes a great teacher?

Bromley Education | be inspired

This article was written for Sec Ed magazine and was first published in March 2015. You can read the original version here and read more of my monthly columns for Sec Ed here.


In his book, The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle says: “Master coaches aren’t like heads of state. They aren’t like captains who steer us across the unmarked sea, or preachers on a pulpit, ringing out the good news.”

Instead, their personality is “more like that of a farmer than a president or preacher: they are down-to-earth and disciplined”.

And so it is with great teachers.

Like master coaches, great teachers “possess vast, deep frameworks of knowledge, which they apply to the steady, incremental work of” – what Coyle calls – “growing skill circuits” (or what we might more colloquially term helping our students to develop their knowledge and skills, to get better at something), which “they ultimately…

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