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When you look for good teaching, it’s hard to find.

When you listen to the experts, they seem to say nothing.

The observations sheets try, and fail, to nail it down.

Unable to deal with the complexity of it all,

We dream up a single label and say that this is it.

Look at it from above, there’s nothing that you can see.

Look at it from below, there’s nothing to which you can aspire.

Whatever it is, in essence, it is nothing!

It has always been nothing.

To teach well, go back to the roots of learning,

Remembering that the roots are here and now, not then.

Understand how you learnt before you went to school.

What taught you before you met your teachers?

This is how to teach.

*My original commentary on Chapter 14 is here

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