Stepping Into the Role of Teacher

Becoming a Teacher (1)

It is the night before classes begin and you lie awake in your bed, anxious about your next day. Your mind is filled with everything that you still have to do and everything that could go wrong. You are questioning whether you can be a garden teacher. There is so much to know and you don’t have it all figured out!

How do you quell all of these fears and step confidently into the role of a teacher?

Take a deep breath and realize things don’t have to be perfect. Although you don’t know everything, your experience is valuable and can be very helpful to beginners. Your unique take on things can also be very valuable to more experienced gardeners.

Accept that you do not, and cannot know everything. Your job is simply to provide an environment for learning. And open yourself to learning as well. If you approach the material with curiosity your students will too.

Practice saying “I don’t know” with confidence and curiosity instead of shame. You can follow it up with, “That is a great question,” “Does anyone else have input on this?” or “I will look up the answer and get back to you.”

It’s not about what you don’t know anyway, it is about what you do know. You know how to nurture a plant. You know how to harvest and prepare your garden bounty, and you know how to facilitate death in your garden so that new life might grow. You know how to nurture the natural cycles and find allies in the garden.

When you teach, speak from your heart, from your own experience, for that is what people are seeking. They want to know how you do it. How you manage to grow food for yourself, how you prepare it and preserve it, and how you connect with the earth.

Your Experience Matters

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