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The Wheel of Teaching: How do you score?

The Wheel of Teaching sets out eight aspects of your teaching life that are crucial to your wellbeing and job satisfaction. Drawing on the advice in his new book Love Teaching Keep Teaching, Peter Radford explains

Life has often been likened to a wheel. Life goes well when the different components (the spokes) are strong. The same is true of teaching. When we ignore key aspects, the whole thing implodes.

Below are eight components on my “wheel of teaching”. Have a go at scoring each aspect of your teaching life, where the rim of the wheel represents 10 (the best it could possibly be) and the hub represents 0 (the worst it could possibly be). Pop an X on each spoke to illustrate where you are right now.

If you do not have a great relationship with your students, then you are unlikely to teach great lessons. But, more importantly for you, you will not actually enjoy teaching.

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