For many years, I acted as the in-house Master Trainer at MEDIC First Aid. So I had the opportunity to teach the two-day Instructor Trainer course, offer courses to make new Master Trainers at our conferences, and also do some local training around the Eugene area. So, it’s not a long shot for me to think that many of you reading this may have been in one of my classes or taken a class from one of the Instructors I trained.
I removed myself from that role a few years ago. I was conducting an IT course in Eugene and one of my former students was in the class. At break, she approached me and said something along the lines of, “I was in your class a few years ago and you seemed much more enthusiastic.” The comment took me by surprise.
What I realized, though, after really thinking about it was that I wasn’t enjoying teaching and it was starting to show. I wasn’t doing the customers, program, process, or myself any justice. At the time, I was happy to move on to another role in the organization.
Now that I’ve had a few years to reflect on my teaching days, I realize that there are things that I really miss about teaching. I’d like to share those with you.
- The interaction with customers, those people that made the commitment to spend two days in an IT class. I formed some strong bonds with students especially those that became Master Trainers under my tutelage.
- Those “aha” moments that inevitably happen during class. When something really clicks for the student or a group and you can see it all over their faces.
- The bonding of a group of students. It’s great to see a group that doesn’t know each other on the first day become an inseparable cohort by the end of class. I’ve had classes that trained together years ago that still get together at conferences and other functions for a group catch-up session over dinner and drinks.
- The in-depth knowledge of the training programs and their nuances that really make an instructor feel like he or she owns the course and has the ability to turn it into something that is truly unique.
- The unavoidable nerves that come with getting up in front of a group of strangers to present.
Those are a few of the things I miss about teaching. I would love it if you would share a few of the things that you love about teaching and what keeps you going day in and day out.Please use the comment section below to share!
Corey Abraham, Director of Sales