By Thea Sabin
Because the Pagan and Wiccan groups develop, so does the necessity for academics, mentors, and position versions. should you are looking to proportion their wisdom, educating could be a very empowering and religious event. yet working towards the Craft and instructing it are very various things. during this well timed consultant, well known Wiccan writer and instructor Thea Sabin offers transparent ideas for making a curriculum, together with pattern syllabi. She additionally presents guideline and information on the most important elements of changing into an efficient and encouraging instructor of Wicca and Paganism. —Develop educating tools for grownup learners—Manage team dynamics—Give nice presentations—Find and reveal students—Set up on-line classes—Cultivate persistence and humility additionally, you will locate interviews and recommendation from numerous revered Pagan academics, reminiscent of Patrick McCollum, Holli Emore of Cherry Hill Seminary, Christopher Penczak, and T. Thorn Coyle.
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If you are teaching a specific tradition, you have the responsibility to transmit that tradition accurately. If it is an initiatory tradition and students aren’t privy to the whole tradition until after initiation, you also have the responsibility of deciding if your path is right for them and if they are right for your path. Even if you are teaching strangers online, you have an obligation to take it seriously and do it responsibly. Teaching Can Be Time-Consuming and Expensive Preparing for classes, finding students and a space to teach in, and teaching the classes themselves requires time and effort, often for little or no money.
After all, most of us have a hard time looking at ourselves completely objectively. ” The truth is that she knows more than just about any other Pagan I’ve ever met—far more than I do, and I’ve been teaching for years. So if you think you don’t know enough yet, you might want to ask others for their opinion. Maybe you do know enough, but you don’t realize it. I have found that teaching is like skydiving or anything else that you know is worthwhile but you’re worried about doing: if you wait until you’re completely ready and confident, you’ll never do it.
You have to clean the house or apartment, have enough parking and places for people to sit, and make sure you have plenty of the essentials, such as candles and toilet paper. Before you plan on inviting a student or students over, there are some questions you should ask yourself about your space. Perhaps the first is whether or not your home is in a good location for teaching. This can mean all sorts of things, depending on where you live. ” But it can also mean the following: Are you close to a highway?