Teaching has a bad reputation.
“It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever," he said. "Have you thought of going into teaching?” says Terry Pratchett. The old adage about those that can do and those that can't teach runs along the same lines.
The reality is that teaching is not easy, nor is it particularly natural. Once it becomes intuitive though it can be awfully hard to switch off. Walking through the riding arena yesterday I couldn't help myself. "Change your diagonal, oh that looks good, will he bend if you use your inside leg?" all came out of my mouth. Ha. Poor kids are going to run when they see me coming!
Some things are easy to teach; some things are much harder. The bulk of stuff is in the middle somewhere.
Teaching agility is tough for me. I enjoy it, don't get me wrong. I love watching the dogs and handlers start their dance together but, like all other dog
The other thing that has resonated lately is there are things that are very difficult to teach. Patience, empathy, self confidence, a sense of fun - all are so important to learning yet so very hard to teach. As much as I would like to just SCREAM "HAVE FUN" sometimes the act of screaming would kill the fun pretty quickly (at least for the team on the receiving end). My solution? I model, as best as I can, the tougher virtues I would like to see in classes. It works better than one might think.
It is so exciting as a teacher to get to watch students grow and flourish, perhaps the garden analogies that I have heard are truer than I realized before we started growing so much in our gardens (one example from an unknown source, "Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden"). When minds open, expand and extend beyond my knowledge and understanding I am thrilled. Electrified even at times.
My number one, no holds barred, selfishly favourite thing about teaching? I get to learn. And learn. And then learn more. Through discussions, challenges, questions, observation my learning never stops. For me, no matter the subject that is a real joy of teaching. This sabbatical has already proven to be really exciting for me. Teaching and learning are my life far beyond the day to work that I have l have long loved.