The Iceberg Profession


Henry Gray
Educator and Adviser. ‘I aim to do the best I can’.

The work done by teachers, school leaders and others connected with schools is metaphorically like an iceberg. One tenth of an iceberg is visible above the water, with the other nine tenths below the water. It is invisible to the casual observer.

Similarly, 10% of what educators do is visible to parents and the community at large. The other 90% is not seen, hidden from view but absolutely essential if their roles are going to be fulfilled. The depth of education is not seen. But without the devotion to planning and preparation, then follow up to teaching and visible management and leadership efforts, our roles would be far less effective.


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