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Amy Peach

Director of Instructional Technology, Fontbonne University, St Louis, MO USA


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What will it take for everyone to become a teacher?

Traditionally only trained educators or college faculty with advanced degrees in a content area have been considered teachers. Do you consider yourself a teacher? What do you teach? If someone offered you a small stipend to become a secondary instructor for a class to share your expertise, what assistance or training do you think you would need to be comfortable in saying yes?


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    Mar 2 2014: Hi Amy,
    I believe we are all teachers and students in the life experience. That being said, yes, I consider myself a teacher, and also a student. The role I experience can be either as the teacher, student, or both at the same time, which seems more common for me:>)

    Regarding my "expertise".....I do not consider myself an "expert" in anything. I am simply another human, willing to share thoughts, feelings, perceptions, perspectives, ideas, beliefs, experiences and lessons I have learned from others and from the life adventure:>)
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      Mar 2 2014: While you may not consider yourself an expert, many might say you have more knowledge of the best strategies for various sorts of planting in your part of Vermont than just about anyone, I would guess.

      I know you have been a volunteer at many things. Around here there are master gardener programs in which people like you advise people who are facing challenges in their own local gardens. It is a formal volunteer program.

      Here, I think, you would be considered a "master gardener."
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        Mar 2 2014: Well thanks Fritzie!

        We have master gardener programs here too, and while a lot of my friends have a degree, and are considered master gardeners, that's all I have is 60+ years in a garden....nothing official...LOL!

        When the gardens at my home were open to the public, I was often sharing what I have learned over the years, AND I strongly encourage people to EXPLORE on their own, because not all gardens are the same, and not all gardeners are the same, so results may often be different. That is something the books often leave out of the "education".

        Anyway, I usually perceive the exploration as much fun and opportunity to gain knowledge as the end result... in any life exploration:>)
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          Mar 2 2014: I understand. I posted only because some people think of expertise as having a degree or knowing *everything* in a field, but in something like gardening, experience planting a range of things in the same place for six decades sounds like expertise to me.
        • Mar 3 2014: I totally agree with your assessment of Colleen and I would consider her very professional in many areas. The world needs more non-professional professionals if you get the drift. Degrees now-a-days just means they know how to shuffle papers and words around. Experience is an asset of real value. Computers can shuffle papers and words around much faster and more accurate than any humans so why hire for that. Corporations simply will not and cannot afford to hire people with no value. People come with an enormous amount of baggage the moment they walk through the door so they better have some enormous talent to weight out all the negative liabilities they come with.
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          Mar 3 2014: Oh, don't get me started. I need to find a master gardener in my area. It's a skill I have NOT mastered. I'm excellent at eating jalapenos, but not great at growing them :)
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        Mar 3 2014: That's a pretty common human challenge Amy......good at eating, and not so good at growing food!

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