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In order to be a better teacher

Forget what you’ve learned; stop being the guide.

When teachers don’t teach or point out the way,

Students listen harder and learn without tears.

No skills, no levels, no talents, no shame:

No cheats, no problems, no yawning, no fakes.

But all of this is not enough,

To excel remember just one more thing:

Look at plain silk; hold uncarved wood.*

It’s not about you; it’s not about goals.


*There’s too much to unpack within these seven words  for me to even attempt to paraphrase them; I discovered this…by attempting to paraphrase them. 

*My original commentary on Chapter 19 is here.

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