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By John CoeInformation Officer for the National Association for Primary Education

Having one eye on the curriculum is one thing, but really knowing your children is a teacher’s greatest strength

John Coe

I remember a boy in my first ever class (you can always remember the names of those who were there at the beginning). Derek was a lively eight year old. Alongside him, I was struggling to explain something, subtraction with carrying perhaps, and he gave every appearance of listening attentively, his face fixed upon mine. I paused, briefly, and he suddenly said: ‘My Dad’s got a tie like yours.’ For me, it was a needed message that teaching is about so much more than instruction.

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