Teacher: actor, psychologist, director, inventor, decorator, news reporter, comedian, psychic, confidante, carer, magician, – wait, what? Magician?
Magic in the classroom, however, does not equate to the pulling of rabbits out of top hats, instead it is the concept of creating the feeling of magic, that feeling of awe and rapture that draws an audience in and holds their attention for hours. Christopher Emdin talks about creating this magic as a teacher in the talk below, and it’s well worth a listen.
Emdin highlights a great link between what we, as teachers, can learn from other teachers in the world. Other teachers who haven’t gone to university, haven’t gone through four years (or more) or tertiary training. Other teachers who, despite their lack of recognised ‘qualifications’, make and impact, make a connection so enormous that millions of people seek out the knowledge they impart. For our students, these teachers come in the form of performers, of musicians, artists and sportspeople. These types of teachers have honed the art of making a connection, or being relatable, of imparting knowledge in such a way that young people actively search for it. As prospective educators, I feel like it’s time for us to take a look at the other teachers in our world, teachers that may not get as much recognition, but manage to make the type of impacts of our wildest dreams.