Excerpt from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Rome, by Michelangelo

This section from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome by Michelangelo, is one of the most famous art works in the world. We've reproduced it here because it helps explain our understanding of teaching and teachers.

In the painting, Adam is touched in a special way by God. Teachers can also reach their students in a special way, and almost everyone remembers a teacher who has profoundly influenced their lives. The saying that, "Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another," eloquently expresses this idea and inspires us to think of the roles of teacher & student as analogous in a sense to this special touch painted so magnificently by Michelangelo.

These aspirations of what teaching can be - at its very best - were our motivating force when we began our research in ways to enhance interactivity in classrooms.

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