I’m a teacher. I’m a proud teacher. I love telling people I am a teacher. And when I am in developed countries, like Australia, most people say ‘but your not a teacher now’ when they learn that I don’t teach in one school, to one class, weekdays.
Well actually I am a teacher now, I just teach in different ways and places than the normal mainstream teacher in a classroom of 28 students Monday to Friday (and beyond that as I know all ‘normal’ teachers do more than this!).
I finished my teaching degree in 2000 which provided me a passport of freedom, opportunity and learning which has taken me to almost 60 countries in the past 13 years. Along this journey I have always taught, learnt and shared.
In just the last year as a part of being a teacher I have been lucky to:
- Present to more than 5000 people on the topics and issues of social justice and for the end of extreme poverty with the Global Poverty Project
- Ride 1000 miles while living on less than $1.50 / day for 5 weeks as a part of the Live Below the Line campaign in the US and Canada – blog here
- Work on The End of Polio campaign in Australia, Canada, Pakistan, India, Aotearoa New Zealand and more meeting with Governments, decision makers and a great cross-section of grassroots public for the global eradication of polio
- Help organise a 50,000-person Global Citizen Festival in New York
- Build a 10m2 Happy, simply home that is self-sufficient, sustainable and follows the ideology of simplicity and happiness
And I hate to sound like a conceited self-important big-head but this year is typical (while being random, unplanned and untypical) of years gone past.
I am still believe I’m a teacher.
My classroom is anywhere / everywhere, my working hours are anytime / all the time, I teach, learn and share anything / everything and my students are anyone / everyone.
I really have no idea when I am working and when I’m not but all the time I am experiencing, learning, sharing and teaching.
It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in education in so many ways and scenarios and I have total admiration for teachers who teach day to day in the classroom. To me there is not the right or wrong way to teach – just different. I have chosen to teach in my way and very lucky to maintain the lifestyle that is required to be this kind of teacher.
One major insight I must share with you in my position of seeing thousands of young people in many different forms, is an overwhelming feeling of positivity and awe at how wonderful and bright the world is – we are more engaged and active for equality than ever before.
In the end I believe all teachers and society are working towards a more socially just and aware world that has passionate, active and inspirational people who are truly global citizens changing the world for the better.
PS. A blog I keep from time to time is called the Normal Life in the Life of Lunny and the reason I keep this blog (sporadically) is not to self-promote or show the world how cool I am (which I know I’m not!) but it does seems to be a good source of information and inspiration to others who can see the unconventional ways of a teacher and how I am privileged to be a teacher in my own right – without the salary or official surroundings but with the flexibility and informality that suits me perfectly. https://lunny06.wordpress.com
A couple of pics from the past 13 years of teaching…