“Mapbearers, Toolkeepers, Starmakers”
Distilling his many years of experience in the field as a school teacher, youth leader, camp counselor, educational consultant, workshop trainer, curriculum writer, program developer, university professor, and conference speaker, Steve Van Matre has come up with three forgotten essences vital for anyone serving in the role of an educator on the path of life. “The word educate comes from the Latin, meaning to draw out, but today the very name educator belies what has happened to our roles; somewhere along the way ‘draw out’ seems to have become ‘cram in,’ and even for those who follow the original meaning the intent has changed. Some teachers and leaders want to draw the learning out of their students instead of drawing their students out into the adventure of the world. Ancient and indigenous people living closer to the land and thus the real sustenance of their lives saw the role of their educators in a more pragmatic and organic way. It’s time we began ‘unlearning’ much about how we see ourselves and returning to discover again the lost secrets of our first professionals.” Sprinkled with wonderful stories and unusual perspectives, this powerful talk provides seventy-five minutes of insights and ideas for creating an atmosphere conducive to meaningful learning adventures. It’s for anyone interested in sharing some lost secrets about the most important role of our times.
Steve Van Matre has traveled the world for nearly a half-century delivering well over a thousand sessions on six continents. Here is a sample of what others have had to say about the professor’s talks: