1. Introduction

‘Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.’ Japanese proverb

My favourite teacher loved his subject and would always bring some interesting fact, problem or activity to the lessons. Every lesson was enjoyable and included a variety of activities. He was friendly, approachable, and took time to get to know us.

However good or bad your teachers were, I challenge you to read this book with an open mind. There are lots of new ideas and techniques in this book that will make you better than the teachers of your childhood.

All teachers change the lives of their students. Great teachers enable their students to be successful in their subject and in their lives. That success can change their community and their nation.


Discuss the following questions with other teachers or think about the questions. Write down your thoughts.

1) Think about teachers who taught you or teachers you have observed. Choose one teacher you think was particularly good.

  • What was special about this teacher’s teaching?
  • What other attributes do you think a good teacher should have?

2) How do you think great teaching can change a community or a nation?