Back in about 1975 I started my career as a teacher by attending Training College. The next year I travelled and lived in Germany, where along with odd jobs I taught some language classes for adults. By 1977 I was back in New Zealand teaching adolescents, and at some point also started teaching night classes — just a few, and have been teaching community education courses off and on ever since.
For the last 10 years or so I’ve taught a lot of courses. My accounts show an average of 50 to 75 contact hours per year for the last couple of years. That might not sounds so much, but add in the travel, setup and takedown time and it jacks it up by some 50%.
Tonight was the last class, and I must say I’m relieved! Teaching and training are a buzz. It’s a very energising and rewarding occupation, but too many evenings and weekends tied up becomes a drag.
I’m still training and teaching, of course, but now the focus in on private clients and customised courses. Farewell night classes.