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Those Who Can, Teach by Andria Zafirakou

Those Who Can, Teach: What It Takes To Make the Next Generation

Andria Zafirakou

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 15 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781526614063

The powerful, inspiring story of Andria Zafirakou, 'the best teacher in the world', and what it takes to work on the frontlines of education today Arts teacher Andria Zafirakou was always a rule-breaker.

3 stars out of 5
2 Apr 2021

" a record of the forces of empathy and energy that drive her as a teacher"

Those Who Can, Teach is bookended by Zafirakou’s experience of winning the Global Teacher prize, which provided her with both a platform and the funds ($1m prize money) to enact lasting change in teaching. She has since set up a successful charity, Artists in Residence, which arranges for professional artists to spend time in schools across the UK. Clanchy in her book includes a conversation with another teacher who wishes she had kept a record of the ways she supported excluded pupils at her school. “But she was too busy with the actual good she was doing,” Clanchy explains, “so I have written this down instead.” Such a distinction is useful when it comes to assessing Zafirakou’s legacy: though her book is clear and informative, it is her wonderful achievements as a teacher, made evident in this account, that remain the more impressive feat.