I model my teaching in exactly the opposite way I was taught, Wahroonga teacher Andrew writes.

When I was a student we were streamed based on ability, we sat silently in long rows and pedagogy rarely provided an opportunity for students to be creative and collaborative. There were some exceptions, such as in maths, and that teacher is now one of my colleagues.

But now as a teacher I want to ensure that I give students the skills and confidence required to achieve anything they want in their academic pursuits.

By setting goals incorporating high expectations and providing students with appropriate mentoring to achieve these goals, they can achieve extraordinary results. I rarely had that approach at school as it was generally a one size fits all model.