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Good lessons don’t need planning.

Good students don’t need teachers.

Good teachers don’t need materials.

Good learning needs no curriculum.


In fact, the best teachers make learning happen.

Nothing is uncovered.

No one goes home unlearned.

This happens afresh,

each and every day.


Teaching is what makes a teacher a teacher.

Learning is what makes a learner a learner.

Qualifications, age, height and experience

seating plans, homework, backpacks and inkstains

won’t help you separate one from the other.



Look in your classroom:

who’s teaching whom?

Where’s the learning?

Look and you’ll find

you’re no longer a teacher!



My original commentary on Chapter 27 can be found here.

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