|Giant Rider Waite Smith|
I'm TABI's training co-ordinator, which means I organise our training course. This involves planning ahead for it, organising the tutors and students on each course, setting the lessons, writing new exercises, keeping a log of progress, chasing up students who are falling behind, setting and marking the final test. In the past I've also had the unpleasant task of having to remove students who are offensive and disruptive. Thankfully, I haven't had to do that this year.
Based on experience and feedback I've been tweaking the course over the last couple of years to try and improve the learning process. This has involved rearranging the set lessons into what the tutors and I think is a more logical order, making it easier for students to follow. This year, in consultation with the tutors, I have made more changes than ever, principally, but not solely, in order to break students in on smaller Tarot spreads and gradually introducing them to larger ones before they move on to the Celtic Cross. Previously, they've been thrown in at the deep end and expected to start the Celtic Cross quite early in the course, and some students have found this quite overwhelming.
For the future I'm thinking of changing the course book, but as this is a very daunting prospect and would involve a lot of work in writing new lessons, it may not happen and we might stick with the current one. It's just at the ideas stage at the moment.
Having been asked to choose a Tarot card to represent the Training Co-ordinator role, I've plumped for the 3 of Pentacles, the card of planning and design, as I've been doing a lot of this this year. If you want to ensure that anything's a success it needs to be built on solid foundations and designed carefully. Hopefully the changes I've made will bear healthy fruit when we see the results of the final test in a few weeks' time.