Monday, April 30, 2012

{Review} A Teaching Handbook for Wiccans and Pagans: Practical Guidance for Sharing Your Path by Thea Sabin

A Teaching Handbook for Wiccans and Pagans: Practical Guidance for Sharing Your Path
by Thea Sabin
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Expected publication: May 8th 2012
Genre: Nonfiction- Teaching Religion
How I got it: Received an ARC from NetGalley

As the Pagan/Wiccan community grows, so does the need for teachers--and Pagans who have never before taught are stepping up. For those who want to share their knowledge, teaching can be a very empowering experience. But practicing a spiritual path and teaching it are two very different things.

This timely guide by popular Wiccan author and teacher Thea Sabin presents clear and effective techniques for creating a curriculum (including sample syllabi), teaching methods for adult learners, and instruction on group dynamics. Sabin reveals how to find and screen students, give great presentations, and set up effective online classes. Also featured are interviews and advice from several respected Pagan teachers.

Review:When I requested this book I actually thought it was something else. This is really a guide for folks who want to teach Wicca and Pagan traditions to others. While I have no interest in teaching others, I still found this book interesting.
I think this would be a great resource for any one considering teaching. There are a lot of thing covered that I never would have considered. While most is things that are just commonsense, many are things that are significant when working with those on this path of life. There are factors many might not have considered. I liked how in the first chapter Ms Sabin talked about how to decide if you're really ready to teach others and how to figure out if you are. There are many things that can help you choose, if you're ready or not. Since many people who choose this path are forced to learn for themselves traditions and paths, it would be nice to have knowledgeable people teaching others. This book would be a great resource for those who are teaching others or considering it.

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