This past weekend I took the League of American Bicyclists’ cycling instructor course. If I passed, I would be a League-certified instructor (LCI), and could teach Street Skills courses, etc.
The course isn’t so much intense because they test on how much you know, but they focused almost equally how well can you . . . teach.
I didn’t think much about the teaching bit, but it’s really fascinating and challenging. How to get the message, the key concepts across to different audiences. Teaching is hard. Especially for most of us, who don’t usually get to speak in front of a crowd or do formal presentations in our real life. The twelve of us in this course were mostly doing this out of a sense of contribution, volunteering to promote something we all carely deeply about: bicycling.
But anyways, I have a bit more respect for teachers, not just for the enlightenment but how its conveyed. It’s effective marketing, in an educational form!
I don’t know if I passed or not. One bloke in the class was taking it for the third time. The standards are awfully high . . .