A teacher’s perspective is not often available, and when it is, it makes for interesting reading !

Over the last 25 years, I have taught at seven schools in seven countries – from Canada to India, Singapore to Germany. I’ve learnt a lot about what it takes to be a great teacher and run a great school – most of all from my students.

Here are five things my students taught me.

  • Textbooks are less than half the story
  • A classroom needs to be a team
  • Silence is the opposite of golden
  • Subjects don’t matter, skills do
  • Teachers teach even when they’re not teaching

Matthew Raggett is the headmaster of The Doon School and the author of How your Child can Win in Life: The Doon School’s Headmaster on Raising Kids who Love to Learn).

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