If you had to teach a course on something you're passionate about (anything from knitting baby clothes through to advanced calculus), what would that subject be? And what got you into that particular subject in the first place?

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Chris Spalton Profile
Chris Spalton answered

I'd teach a course on 'Low-Brow' underground poster art. It combines my 3 main interests of Music, Art and Wierdness combined, and the creativity in this field is absolutely mind blowing.

I got into it after working at the SXSW festival in Austin back in 2004, where there was a poster convention called Flatstock, where loads of the top poster artists in America gathered to show off their work. At the time it blew my tiny mind, and inspired me to come back and start making posters for bands etc myself but as I've had to work at my career this has kind of taken a bit of a back seat over the last few years but sometihng I definitely need to get back into doing a bit of again.

Just realised I've mentioned Austin twice in 2 questions, your mystery Q's are reminding me of some really great memories :)

Virginia Zuloaga Profile

Knitting baby clothes and advanced calculus?  Definitely!

Um, no.  I do know how to knit , though not professionally, and the calculus thing... I'd rather teach how to mix great margaritas! :-)

OK. Seriously?  I would love to teach people how to auto-analyse and get to know their true selves, discover their skills and potential to excel in every aspect of their lives and to be authentic.

I'm just passionate about self-analysis and discovery.  And also about behaviour and personal growth. 

But I guess I would have to learn first how to do this.  I've been a teacher before but only an English teacher - and for a short period of time.

Helen Dawson Profile
Helen Dawson answered

The things that affect people so badly that they resort to committing crime - then the huge effort that has to be made to turn around their life.  I was lucky enough to fall into this area of work when I made a decision to accept a job early in my working life and since then I have been involved in this work - in many guises - throughout my career.

Stan Smith Profile
Stan Smith answered

My specialties include Aircraft Maintenance, Aviation Life Support Equipment, Safety, Standardization, Firearms Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, and Active Shooter Response Instructor. I loved all of these in it's time, but I was always truly passionate about teaching patrol rifle & active shooter response.

Jon Moody Profile
Jon Moody answered

Maybe this isn't a fair question for me. I am an occasional trainer for some local universities. I teach Computer Certification courses. I've been in computers for a long time, ever since I learned binary and how to program right at the end of elementary school. By the time I was in High School, I was going to state level programming competitions. In my first year of college when I wrote the database used by Mexican Customs. And I just never left and have remained in the field for the last 14 years.

Over time I gained an appreciation for standardized certifications (I hold over 20 myself) and after a time I taught it on the side to friends until I was contacted by a number of institutions to teach courses to their students. Its a bit of side work I do from time to time.

Brendon Davis Profile
Brendon Davis , Car Nut, answered
My passion is something a lot more broad and less specific than the answers provided above. I would like to teach someone about cars, and the advancement of the technology of cars.  Cars have advanced in an incredible way, starting in 1886 when Karl Benz, the founder of Mercedes-Benz created the Motorwagen, which wasn't the first self-propelled car (the first was the steam-powered unnamed vehicle in 1769), but was the first self-propelled car to be manufactured and sold in big numbers as a model of a manufacturer.

But that's what I would start with, progressing to the big Ford Model T and probably ending with the newest American car with the name "Model" in it, the Tesla Model S.

Now, I might as well start with how  this passion came about. It's sort of unknown to me as to how I became interested in cars. It started out when I was a toddler, when I was interested in trains (who wasn't, at that age?). I can't remember what sparked it, but the train interest molded into cars at the age of 8, when I started drawing them. I remember (vaguely) begging my Mother for Car and Driver magazine, and I guess that interest has changed into something... well, big.
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Taylor Lavati answered

I would definitely teach dance. I think that dance is such a great way to express yourself and it helps people build confidence. I haven't been able to dance much since joining the adult world but everyone- both male and female should do one class in their life. It's so helpful and fun!

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Nickie Wren answered

I would deliver a workshop on communication.  It's perhaps one of the most important skills we need in life and impacts everything we do.


I became fascinated by communication while a student and learning about how animals communicate, from the bees' waggle dance to baboons in the rainforest!  Now, my job is all about communication. Love  it!

Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

Researching dark ages sites in Great Britain, how some of these relate to the Arthurian Legend. How interested students can make their own discoveries.

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Yo Kass
Yo Kass commented
That's an unexpected answer! What sparked your interest in the Middle Ages and King Arthur? Was it your own student experience?
Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
If you take a look at my "old" profile, pre-twitter signup, you'll see that listed amongst my interests was "Dark Ages Historian",. That's a hobby of course, but it probably grew out of Arthurian Legend and the "Search for Camelot" - if any dark ages castle can be considered such a thing. The dark ages are not necessarily THAT dark.
Stan Smith
Stan Smith commented
I would find that truly fascinating.

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