As we look at the world of teaching from the outside we wonder not only what is going on but what we can do to help.
Jonathan Smith, a born teacher and writer, takes us on his personal journey from his first days as a pupil through to the challenges of his professional and private life on the other side of the desk.
He makes us feels what it is like to be a teacher facing the joys and the battles of a class.
How do you influence a child? He describes how you catch and stretch their minds. What difference can a teacher make, or how much damage can he do?
Should clever pupils teach themselves? What works in the classroom world and what does not? And while influencing the young, how do you develop yourself, how do you teach yourself to keep another life and find that elusive balance?