I had a lovely experience last week: Teaching the Spring 2017 instructor certification training (ICT) group at the Loretto Center in southwest suburban Denver.
I taught the first ICT as a weekend intensive in February 1989. We used plastic-comb bound, dot-matrix printed copies of my manuscript as the text. That one was unique! And I thought it would stay unique; I assumed it would be a “one-and-done.”
Forty or so ICT trainings later, this one was unique because there were only four participants. I’ve never had a group that small. Typically we have 6-12. It was delightful.
On Wednesday of the ICT, the participants are assigned to a practice teaching group of four participants, sometimes including people from the local instructor community. Each person in a group of four spends 90 minutes teaching one section of the Journal to the Self workshop to their peers. Until now, we’ve had have two or sometimes three practice teaching groups going at a time, in different rooms, and I rotate between or among the groups, spending 45 minutes or 30 minutes with each practice teacher so that I can observe and experience everyone’s style and presentation.
Last Wednesday, I stayed in one place for the whole day. I got to experience each teacher fully, from start to finish. It was remarkable. And I actually had a breakthrough with the creative writing projects I wrote about last week!
It’s no more possible to say which instructor training group is my favorite than it would be to tell you which of my eight nieces and nephews is the smartest or cutest or most interesting. They’re each, uniquely, my favorite. And this one is no exception! Welcome to four fabulous new Journal to the Self Certified Instructors!
That’s what’s going on in my world! What’s going on in yours?
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