Teaching a group in St. Albert for Priority Management Edmonton
In the middle of one of my classes, as I was trying to inspire / motivate my students to make changes, one student pipes up and says ‘So all you do is Teach’…
It made me smile. I thought, ok, so what you think is because I teach I don’t have to do any of this. My job is easy I just get to tell everyone what can work and leave them to try it. I don’t work in an office from 9 to 5 so I don’t get the ‘traditional workplace’.
Yes, all I do is teach. And the reason I teach is because I believe in what I teach. (My colleagues prefer I use the word ‘facilitate’ or instruct – whatever the word is I try to guide people to understand how and why to make a change so that they can use technology in a better way.) I also have to practice what I teach (preach). And boy do I practice….
Being that I ‘teach’, I am away from my desk for most (if not all) of the week, yet I still get email (30- 40 messages daily), I still get phone calls, I still have loads of paperwork to do. So when I teach how to use a program more effectively, I have to use it myself so that I can get all my work done too. I have to manage my time, manage my priorities [Working Smart with Microsoft Outlook is one of the courses I am referring to here).
I get it. I use it. I am not perfect. I hear what I am saying and think to myself – yah, I need to really do that…
Working with people to learn technology and apply what they have learned makes me learn more. I appreciate all the interactions I have with my students because it helps me know more about them and more about how to help (relate to) the next person.
So all that I do is teach – maybe is not completely true. In order to teach, I have to do. So I do a lot more than just teach.