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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-26-2004, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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For love of teaching

When it comes right down to it, teaching is the foundation of human interaction.

We are raised by the lessons of our parents, and try to teach our own with their best interests in mind. We learn from our peers in competition, friendship and even in deceit. Life is a sequence of lessons, we do well to learn from them.

Yet where you can "learn your lesson" from happenstance like tripping on a shoelace, teaching comes from a love of sharing the subject matter in the heart of the instructor, not to mention discipline and hard work driven by that love. You can't teach for ego - the student can see what the instructor can not about his own presentation. You can't teach for money either - you teach for love of teaching or else more than likely you suck at it.

You teach because you love to teach.

Combined with discipline, you'll eventually be good at it and you might even make money or you might not - but it doesn't matter because people will appreciate your efforts and in the end, good human interaction is tremendously rewarding. Personal skill also improves with a disciplined approach, and that is equally rewarding. Win-win.

I have been called upon to develop and deliver classes in the technology field often over the last two decades, but have been "teaching" fly casting and sight fishing techniques in a comparatively ad hoc manner for going on 9 years. Where I have always taken one as a disciplined occupation with consequences if not done optimally, I've looked at the other as almost a social event. Sure I've connected with some; but have surely missed a thing or two with others. Or three.

My recent visit and experiences at Golden Gate Casting Club has made me realize that to become a good fly casting instructor requires the same discipline in that pursuit as he/she does in any professional walk of life. It was an epiphany of sorts.

I will always be a fisherman first, and a caster second - but I am committed to a very disciplined approach to the preparation and instruction of fly casting skill. I've taken the opportunity to interact with over 40 people on the topic of casting since the GGACC event last month, and although time is always a very limiting factor in the amount of interaction you can budget with each person whether there were 2 or 20 people, I've already felt the difference in analysis, ability to recommend remedies, metaphors I can call upon, concepts I can share in order to connect.

I'm only on the first leg of a lifelong journey but hope to connect with dozens, hundreds, thousands of people on the topic of casting over my lifetime. Not for ego, not for money. I hope to fulfill this commitment to be the best instructor I can be because I truly love to teach.
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Thumbs up juro...

You are a very eloquent man; you nailed it again.

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thanks for the thoughts


Great thoughts!

I teach fly tying and construction techniques and I must say that doing it for the love of teaching is truly where it's at. You got that right!

Thanks to all who make it easier to learn via this and other sites. Learning is a very important part of teaching. Sometimes only a few steps ahead of the student, sometimes they are teaching us.

The very process of teaching makes us better if we are in it for the other guy, rewarding indeed.........Trez
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Very well said.
The great thing about this sport is that so many people feel the same way your do, many just are unable to say it so eloquently.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2005, 03:36 PM
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Great Juro

I spotted this thread underneath my last post. I didn't see it on the normal posting for some reason. Makes me feel small and insufficient when I read your great post. I agree with you 100%. Keep up the GOOD work. Klem

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2005, 04:17 PM
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Yup. Great post.

The only thing I'd add is that it really helps to be a good listener. A lot of times a teacher will loose a student because they aren't hearing what the student is really asking. When a student asks a question it is a hint that the student doesn't understand something. The quest for the teacher is to figure out what the student is not understanding. Sometimes the student doesn't know what question to ask and asks something not really related to what he is not understanding.

Some of my most enjoyable times at have been times I mentored new engineers or training engineers from other companies about our products. My wife and I are homeschooling our kids so we get to see them discover and learn new things every day.

Being a teacher is a LOT of fun. Too bad it doesn't pay very well.
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Listen to the real question

You hit a nail on the head. Students should be the focus of a teachers attention. Listen to the question, be it a straight forward, a probeing or inquiring question. After spending years in the classroom, the question a student ask MUST be interpreted and the same with parents. Very good point. Klem

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Well said.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2005, 11:00 AM
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Smile For The Love of Teaching

There are some of us that never want the teaching aspect of our lives to end. In fact, we want more, much more! My love of teaching seems to become more intense as I learn more. Teaching, in an of itself, encompasses an endless spectrum. There may be as many different approaches as there are different people. I learn everytime I teach.
I'll throw a lot of questions at this site, not only because I want to know as many different answers as possible, but because they may end up helping me down the road. Each teaching episode offers something different and maybe a few surprises along the way. A good teacher must always be prepared!
I, like most of you, agree that Juro's post is a work of art. After reading it I realize just how there is yet to learn.

The road to fly casting excellence is a never ending journey.
The road to teaching excellence is a never ending journey.
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