starting my contractual teaching experience at the CAD training center and then moving to the academy of advanced technology , the academy of draughting, damellin , intec , northlink college and recently for 2 and half years, the academy of inventive design and technology. lecturing multi disciplinary draughting skills and cad training has had its challenges over the many years - however the rewards have been the many tiny moments and the enjoyment of meeting students who have surpassed the teacher in the world of work. this has been the reward - financial rewards are not why one would get involved in teaching on any level really - to teach is a calling and when the dust settles one looks back on a multitude of incredible moments - and there in is the value.
i have now been given the great privilege along with chris brink the president of the institute of draughting to educate a sustainable construction NQF level 1 course in rural parts of south africa. last week was the start of my first 3 week programme to teach 4 unit standards for the sustainability institute , the department of human settlements using juta books training material. if all goes well i just might be given the privilege again
riding the coastal road from my house in muizenberg to khayelitsha , i was not sure what to expect from this new assignment. upon arriving at the training venue i have really enjoyed my time thus far. i started out with 8 students on the first day and on the second day we had increased to 21. because the 4 unit standards cover 21 credits and the portfolio of evidence im compiling for each student is an immense amount of work i have really been loading the work assignments. what has been most incredible that to a student every single person has handed in assignments way before dead lines. coupled with a determination to grasp the work. the course consists of theory and practical - we are going to have to build what we learn in the classroom next. so its an interesting hands on approach to teaching. im very excited with my next week on site -