Were you inspired by a teacher of your own? I know I was! People tend to remember a teacher for an entire lifetime, even long after school is over, and this is one of the reasons I chose to become a teacher, particularly in the Field Guiding industry, as I am eager to make a difference. Besides, one never forgets a meaningful teacher who has had an impact on their life.
To me, teaching is not just a profession, it is a personal goal based on my life’s experiences and knowledge gained over the years, to be able to share with learners that come through our ranks at Bushwise Field Guide Training.
No career can be more rewarding than that of a teacher or mentor rather, that is occupied in shaping the personality of an aspirant Field Guide in order to equip him or her to face the challenges of a competitive industry. Witnessing students acquire new dimensions to their personality, gaining confidence and poise all as a result of your inspiration and instruction is one of the greatest rewards.
It has often been said: an average teacher tells, a good teacher explains, an excellent teacher demonstrates, and an outstanding teacher inspires!
As a result of this statement, I realised that through teaching I would be able to satisfy my wish to contribute in shaping future professional Field Guides, who ultimately, are the guardians of our dwindling wildlife. Teaching offered me unlimited scope for creativity for the purpose of providing the means for learners to flourish, with innovation and experimentation and exploring of unchartered territories by way of teaching methodologies being a few of those means.
I knew that I had chosen the right field when I had the opportunity to take a student aside to help him with a concept that he was having trouble understanding- when I was able to show him a different way to approach the problem and helped him ‘get it’! Helping just that one student was worth it, but I realised over a long career, I have the chance to help many future students.
Teaching therefore is one of the most direct ways to make an impact, and if you are driven as I am by the desire to help those around you, it essentially lets you take part in shaping the next generation of Field Guides, even if they should leave the industry to explore alternative career options, they would have been enriched in so many other ways.
Blog by Trevor Myburgh