So much of what makes a good teacher comes from getting to know your pupils. In order to discipline or encourage participation, you need to know students’ names. In order to ensure children progress and achieve their potential, you need to know what they are capable of, know when to push them and know when to give them extra support. In order to provide a safe environment where they feel they can experiment, you need to understand children’s backgrounds and personalities. Having been in my school for so long, I know my students inside out, and we have a strong relationship because of it.
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