NFR School for Teachers

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Gary Knowels, May 8, 2014.

  1. bwillroll

    bwillroll Member

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    Dr. of Doomology,
    Sounds like I would have loved to have had you for a Prof.
     
  2. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Uc davis isn't that the place that they first figured out how to make L.S.D.?? When I was in school I thought any test that wasn't multiply choise was a form of torture...
     
  3. The Duke

    The Duke Been around

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    Good on ya G-bones (as I have gotten my wife to call you). I have never met anyone as interested and devoted to the field that you will be teaching. You will do great my friend! Just be prepared for a few student reactions like mine while taking biology. Fuckin' mitosis!
     
  4. bakerite

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    Been teaching music since 1981 and still think I have the best gig in town. Have taught all levels from elementary to college. One of the best things about teaching is the mobility. I started teaching in the Seattle area, but when I got married and had children, we decided to move to small town USA, first Whitefish, MT now Baker City, OR. It's been fantastic for my children and I have always been close to great fishing since I left Seatlle. Don't be afraid of small town living, unless you know it's not your thing. When you live in a county with a population of 15,000 the trout (and the cows) might actually outnumber the people!
     
  5. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    I rest my case, and no BB, it was first made in Basel, Switzerland, in what was Sandoz labs in 1943.

    Multiple choice bullshit is a guessing game. Not my idea of testing a student's knowledge on a subject. No, my questions were more along the line of "List 3 contributions to society by the Greco/Roman world, and explain why they would not have succeeded within the medieval world". I consider this an easy question.
     
  6. Steve Saville

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    Good on you. I retired as a teacher two years ago after 28 years. I bounced around for a few years and finally went back to school and never looked back. It was by far the best job I ever had. It didn't pay as much as some others but I have a comfortable retirement and I had an adequate amount of time off during those years to the point that other family members were jealous. I will never regret the decision. Hopefully you will not.
     
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    Wow, good for you Gary. Having three months off every year will certainly get you on the water more.
     
  8. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    I have a feeling that you will do well and that the students will look forwrd to your teachings. And, nice choice for some FF time!
     
  9. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Congratulations Gary, it's nice to hear folks on the board encouraging you and speaking well of the profession. Teaching is one of the most important jobs and greatly undervalued in our society imo.
     
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  10. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Gary, I agree with the other members here offering you congratulations on your career choice. I honestly feel that you will be a great teacher.

    You might also be successful as a fly tier and motivational speaker, handing out samples of your version of the Sixpack, along with encouraging words to get out on the nearest lake and cast and retrieve the thing. I headed up to my favorite lake and tied one of those flies (Sixpack) you gave me a couple of years ago onto the end of my line. I cast and let it sink some...barely tightened up my line when it was "fish on!" I tried to troll...didn't get more than a couple of paddle strokes and "fish on!" Everything from 11'' wild cutts , 13" stockers, and several 20"+ jumbos attacked your tie with great enthusiasm. The first one I tied on finally got chewed down to a mere raggedy-ass body. I retired that one and tied another on, mainly to keep my own confidence level up. The trout just wouldn't let me troll out of there. They had me boxed in. I finally had to quit fishing in order to actually leave my hotspot on the lake and paddle back to the ramp!
     
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    Gary, here's some food for thought;
    I had a very cool Humanities teacher in High School (very early '70's) that let me tie flies for credit in class (I called them "art" - they weren't, but he was cool enough to accept that). The class was all about enriching students lives in the arts and to help them gain an appreciation for them.
    And that it did!
    We watched slide shows of Rembrandt and Monet, listened to Bach and Beethoven, learned tie dying and silk screening from one of my buddies, and others learned a little about fly tying and fly fishing from me. All of this going on while the "masters" in the background etched our minds forever.
    I'll never forget that class. And it was the teacher that allowed us the freedom of creativity so that all the students could learn and enhance their future lives and experiences.
     
  12. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    I don't know you personally Gary but great news - congrats!

    One note on your estimate of hours worked by MDs....I have lots of friends/family who are MDs, and lots of friends/family who are either teachers or professors. Their hours worked, compensation levels and job satisfaction are all over the board and not always what would be expected. I have MD friends who have incredible work-life balance, work an average of +-3 12-hour shifts per week and take home over $400K per year, teaching friends who grind out 50+ hours per week for most of the year, make south of $60K and work an extra job during their summer "vacations" to make ends meet, and everything in between.

    Not sure if i have a point beyond both teaching and medicine are noble callings (more noble than mine) so ya can't go wrong if they make you happy, but within each profession there is a big ole spectrum of hours, compensation and commitment. People in each profession have found ways to be total workaholics or masters of work-life balance.

    I'm happy for you because it seems that you found the compass heading that fits Gary K - enjoy the journey!
     
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    Thank you all so much for the kind words and continued encouragement. I'm really looking forward to starting my program and eventually the day that I get my own classroom. I will take all of your suggestions to heart and add them to my own ideas, experience, and personality and hopefully it produces a unique and impactful environment.
     
  14. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    this is why after high school I went to the Norwegian school of hard knocks in Dutch harbor ak. there I earned my degree in king crabbing and joint venture deep sea trawling. The school motto was Get to vork you bastards,slackers need not apply. life lessons I have never forgot to this day.In fact I have photos of the boats I fished on to remind me of how good I've got it taped to my locker in the maintenance shop that I work in at Boeing
     
  15. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Yep, Dutch Harbor via the Shamrock in Ketchikan:D Quite the place!
     
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