What kind of a teacher do you wish to be for your pupils? The kind who will only teach them what you’ve mastered, or the kind who equips them to outstrip your own achievements and make you proud? Do you want to clone yourself dozens of times each year of your career across every new cohort, or would you rather your pupils become original thinkers? Are you fundamentally conservative, fearing change, or are you prepared to live with the consequences of educating the next generation to make their own decisions and take their own directions?
I won’t tell you how to teach because different contexts require different approaches but I will say that, as teachers, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be flattered into assuming ours or others’ infallibility or heroic status in matters of the classroom or anything else.