I was away on a First Aid course at the weekend, and my instructor inspired me immensely. He's barely 30, has 2 BSc's and a Master's in Science, has his own company and is in charge of all First Aid training in the country for our organisation.
I've been on a lot of courses, and usually they're run by ancient nurses who surprise me by not falling asleep, and people who try to be enthusiastic but are just really scary. I'm betting everyone has had an instructor like that.
Yes, it is, but only genuine enthusiasm, not freaky wide eyes and silly jokes. But this guy, you could tell he loved what he was doing, he felt genuine enthusiasm for teaching us to teach.
I loved every minute of it, and it got me thinking. I could do that. First aid is a subject that everyone should have knowledge of; it's a basic life skill.
I want to be able to teach kids, teens, adults not only to save a life, but to help each other.
I am booking myself another Instructional Methods (under 16's) course so I can get my teaching skills honed up, and am currently looking up a Preparation to Teach in the Life Long Sector (it will enable me to teach over 16's).
Writing up lesson plans now!
The money's good if you do it right too. Not that that matters.