This output is about my process of becoming a permaculture teacher. I am writing it in order to analyze this process, evaluate my progress, and give some insight for others who would like to become permaculture teachers. If you take a look at my new and improved mind map of my projects in the appendix, you will see that teaching is one of the avenues Matt and I would like to pursue in diversifying our business, Red Edge Design. We see the dissemination of valuable information and skills as key in our rapidly changing world. Matt is largely tied up with the ‘homes” portion of our business, and I am focusing on learning the teaching part.
In this process I am finding that one key to being a good teacher is being a good designer. It is about being crystal clear about the message you are trying to convey, and designing a plan that will make that happen. Although I wrote my output #3 on designing my projects, I realize I am still a neophyte designer, making slow and steady progress in discovering the process within myself.
I am also learning that being a good teacher is about facilitating the learning process in other people. It isn’t so much about telling them what I know, but letting them discover their own truths. This realization has helped me see my own learning in a different way, emphasizing the process instead of the result. It has helped me to be more open to asking for and accepting help, and allowing myself to be imperfect. In this way it also builds on my last output which was about my zone 0, or my internal processes…