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  • 1. Permaculture Teaching DesignTeaching ExperienceCourse Structure Options Other thoughtsOur PDCsAn Introductory CourseCo-Created by Josh Gomez & Rosie Stonehill

2. Teaching experienceIt was really good to sit through all the PDC lessonsCo-teaching with Lesleyagain and to see Lesleys enthusiastic and inspiringMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea approach to teaching and to look at the whole thingda Gonala again from a perspective of learning to teach theGeneral support course. Also as it was such a big group it was helpfulPersonal Reflection for Lesley that we were there especially in theRosie taught Living Water practical sessions where we were fully hands onFeedbackhelping with organising, preparing of materials andPersonal Reflection assisting in the sessions.May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada GonalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 3. Teaching experience Good informal, chatty styleCo-teaching with Lesley EnjoyableMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea Might help to learn to write and speak at theda Gonala same timeGeneral supportPersonal Reflection Speak up a bit especially with large groupsRosie taught Living WaterFeedbackPersonal ReflectionMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada GonalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 4. Teaching experienceI really enjoyed the session, felt comfortable withCo-teaching with Lesleythe content and felt that I expressed it clearly enough for all to understand.March 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada GonalaGeneral supportPersonal ReflectionRosie taught Living WaterFeedbackPersonal ReflectionMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada GonalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 5. Teaching experience Pre-preparation goodCo-teaching with Lesley Soil profile nice, liked the way you developed /March 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeaadapted soil profile picture to show how sheetda Gonalamulching fits in and works Got the job done wellMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea Good enjoyable sessionda Gonala Maybe try to get the materials togetherJosh taught Soil profile and sheetmulchingbeforehand, especially with larger groupsFeedbackPersonal ReflectionRosie taught Living WaterFeedbackPersonal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 6. Teaching experience I felt that writing on the board before the lessonCo-teaching with Lesley helped, maybe a good way could be with bigoverlaying pieces of paper. Next time I will get theMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeamaterials and tools together beforehand. Otherda Gonalathan that I think it went well, everyone learnt whatthey needed to learn and really enjoyed the session.May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada GonalaJosh taught Soil profile and sheetmulchingFeedbackPersonal ReflectionRosie taught Living WaterFeedbackPersonal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 7. Teaching experience Good session, chatty and involved, inclusive.Co-teaching with Lesley Still need to pick up speed, practise writingMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeafaster, maybe write bigger and wipe more to giveda Gonalamore space. Be careful that lower case letters stay legibleMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea Be aware of sometimes needing to bring itda Gonalatogether quicklyJosh taught Soil profile and sheetmulchingFeedbackPersonal ReflectionRosie taught Living WaterFeedbackPersonal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 8. Teaching experience It was a good fun session and I receivedCo-teaching with Lesley compliments from the students. I thought of somenice examples and generally it felt smoother thisMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeatime. I need to be more careful in having correctda Gonalainformation e.g trench watering is not necessarilythe best to save water.May 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeada GonalaJosh taught Soil profile and sheetmulchingFeedbackPersonal ReflectionRosie taught Living WaterFeedbackPersonal ReflectionMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 9. Teaching experience The decision to teach this session was quite lastCo-teaching with Lesley minute but was good for being flexible. We taughthalf the session together but then Josh had to go outMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeato be with Lowarn. However, generally the sessionda Gonalawent well. This was quite a large group so it was aninteresting challenge to fit in all the information andMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeahave time to adequately answer all the questions.da GonalaThe session was well received and prompteddiscussion and some interesting ideas from theMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmeal students.We both taught Forest Garden -Zone 2Josh - Sheet mulching and soilsamples practical Personal ReflectionRosie - Living water andAquaculture Personal ReflectionJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 10. Teaching experience Went very well, even though it was raining at theCo-teaching with Lesley beginning of the session people were still ready toget out there and do it. It was really an enjoyablyMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeachallenging task to coordinate such a large group butda Gonalahaving prepared all the materials beforehand reallyhelped. It all worked out well and a beautiful doubleMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeaspiral raised bed was the result.da GonalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealWe both taught Forest Garden -Zone 2Josh - Sheet mulching and soilsamples practical Personal ReflectionRosie - Living water andAquaculture Personal ReflectionJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 11. Teaching experience It was good to teach two sessions together to knowCo-teaching with Lesley how it would feel and to develop another subject. I waspleased that I managed to bring it together in the timeMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeaeven though I went quite a lot over time on the firstda Gonalasession. I didnt really manage to find a comfortableand practical arrangement of the space which made it aMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzeabit les smooth in places but generally I feel I coveredda Gonalaeverything and imparted the information clearly. I havenow decided to only use capitals and am making aMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmeal conscious effort to do so... even though it sill needed toWe both taught Forest Garden -be bigger. It was interesting as it was a large group andZone 2teaching space, the dynamics of the session andJosh - Sheet mulching and soil positioning of the board and myself had to besamples practical different... all good practise. Personal ReflectionRosie - Living water andAquaculture Personal ReflectionJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia 12. Teaching experienceIt was really positive to teach a totally different subject especially as this is another topic which I feel stronglyCo-teaching with Lesleyabout. I put some of the more complex diagrams up onMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea the board before the lesson to save me some timeda Gonala although then I had to be aware that the students still needed to write it all and acount for the time theyMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea needed too. It was good to comment on the turning ofda Gonala the neighbours field and the soil blowing away which they had seen the day before as this gave a real world example. I had some very positive comments andMay 2011 9 day PDC in Coios everyone semed to enjoy the session. Due to it being aColmeal new subject I lost me place a few times but I think repeated teaching would make it smoother. Also thereJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mount is more information I need to know on subjects to beof Oaks Povoa de Atalaia able to answerRosie - Living Soils questions... e.g, how thickPersonal Reflectionis topsoil? how manyJosh - Companion Plantingmillion hectares isPersonal Reflectionportugal - ie think of a realJosh - Soil profile and sheet mulching world example to give apracticalrelative understanding ofPersonal Reflectiona figure like 5.4milion hectares 13. Teaching experienceIt was very nice to teach a new subject and a subjectCo-teaching with Lesleywhich I have studied and researched quite a lot. Rosie writing all the notes on the board beforehand made itMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea possible for me to go over the whole subject in ada Gonala relaxed way, discussing and answering questions as we went along. I even tried to answer some questions inMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea Portuguese that one student was having difficulty withda Gonala understanding. I really enjoyed this session but I know I need to formulate my own lesson plan for it and getMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealsome more of the facts straight in my head and give a clearer example of a guild. Practise drawing chickens!June 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de AtalaiaRosie - Living SoilsPersonal ReflectionJosh - Companion PlantingPersonal ReflectionJosh - Soil profile and sheet mulchingpracticalPersonal Reflection 14. Teaching experienceI felt that the soil profile went well, it was really nice toCo-teaching with Lesleyhave such a small group as there was lots of time for Q&A and discussion. The practical was a little confusedMarch 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea as a lot of the materials were not prepared and were allda Gonala over the site. I need to make a bit more preparation in knowing that I have all I need to hand, but other thanMay 2010 9 day PDC in Varzea that I feel it went well.da GonalaMay 2011 9 day PDC in CoiosColmealJune 2011 9 day PDC at Mountof Oaks Povoa de AtalaiaRosie - Living SoilsPersonal ReflectionJosh - Companion PlantingPersonal ReflectionJosh - Soil profile and sheet mulchingpracticalPersonal Reflection 15. Teaching experience It was nice to see a different style of teaching which was farmore discussion based as a result of having less timeCo-teaching with Daphna constraints in this 9 week