Pathway to Teaching

The Teachers Group gathered on May 19, 2015 to talk about feedback on the Pathway to Teaching in Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming. We felt the input was quite illuminating and made an adjustment and addition to the original proposal.

Pathway to becoming an Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming teacher.

We are Reclaiming teachers coming from diverse backgrounds and training, recognized as Reclaiming teachers by our communities. We are offering a process whereby folks can become Reclaiming teachers based upon practices of other Reclaiming communities and our community’s unique values and culture.

Our intention is “to nurture and sustain the development of well trained and committed Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming teachers to serve and support the values and magics of our Reclaiming communities.”

To become an apprentice teacher a person is expected to:

Take the five core courses of the Reclaiming Witch Tradition.

  • Elements
  • Iron Pentacle
  • Pearl Pentacle
  • Rights of Passage
  • Community

The Teachers’ Group may consider an apprentice teacher application when the applicant has taken 4 of the core classes. One of these classes must be Elements and the applicant must commit to take the remaining core class.

  • Support the Reclaiming Principles of Unity (the one thing that everyone is expected to do if they wish to declare themselves a Reclaiming Witch).
  • Develop an understanding of and familiarity with the Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming “We Are” Statement.
  • Declare a commitment to serve on the Teachers’ Group for two years once declared a Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming teacher.
  • Actively participate in the local community (ritual planning, potlucks, community support for individuals, organizing etc.).
  • Be willing to undertake application/screening process to become an apprentice teacher.
  • Be willing to be mentored throughout the apprentice teacher process based upon an apprenticeship model.
  • To be willing to keep track of the dates and of the teachers of the core courses that they have completed.
  • To be willing to submit a recommendation to become an apprentice teacher from at least one teacher of a core class that they have recently completed.
  • Once people have fulfilled these requirements, they may apply to the Teachers’ Group to become an apprentice teacher.

In the case of a Reclaiming teacher relocating from another geographical area, their experience shall be considered as they apply to become a Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming apprentice teacher or teacher.

To become a teacher each applicant shall:

  • Create their personal statement of intention for teaching.
  • Have student taught each core class at least once.
  • Have developed a special area of interest such as divination, prayer beads, music, etc.
  • Develop an understanding of and actively support the Reclaiming Principles of Unity.
  • Develop an understanding of and familiarity with the Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming “We Are” Statement.
  • Make a commitment to serve on the Teachers’ Group for two years once declared a Full Teacher.
  • Participate in community organizing, teaching and other activities (such as ritual planning, potlucks, community support for individuals, etc.).
  • After a Student Teacher Becomes a Teacher they may join the Teachers’ Group.

Other things to note:

The Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming Teachers Group intends to share inservice trainings focused on a variety of educational, ritual, craft, etc. skills including, among other things, such topics as:

  • sustainable critique
  • teaching methodology
  • pedagogy (teaching philosophy)
  • voice and rhythm work
  • ritual design

When Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming Teachers offer a class/course which is not one of the core Reclaiming classes, they may invite co-teachers who are not Reclaiming teachers or apprentice teachers to join them facilitating/teaching the event as long as the guest teachers understand that this does not fulfill any of the requirements for becoming a Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming teacher or apprentice teacher.