Education is something we all have experienced, either as teachers or learners; some of us have been both. As I have already indicated, my experiences at school were not particularly happy ones. When I found myself on the giving rather than receiving end of what we call teaching, my initial approach was to copy the way I had been taught. Why I did this I’m not sure because that approach had alienated me from the education system. Fortunately, I quickly came to realize that there were better ways and I found myself adopting what I would now call a ‘social model’ approach to teaching long before I had ever thought of the term ‘social model’. With the help of a supportive mentor I soon learned that the ‘art’ of teaching was to create the right conditions for people to learn for themselves.
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