CMT Club Instructor

Overview of Workshops

Understanding Teaching Styles | EDUC 002
This workshop gives a more in-depth look at the concept of teaching styles introduced in EDUC 001 (taught in Basic Staff Certification). It gives a survey of historical styles and introduces new styles. Strengths and weaknesses of each style are discussed, and participants are encouraged to evaluate their own style of teaching and take the necessary steps to become more effective instructors.
Understanding Learning Styles | EDUC 003
This workshop gives a survey of the learning styles, considers how to best reach a learner, and what not to do. Participants are encouraged to evaluate the learning styles of the children in their club and determine what teaching changes they should make to become more effective in reaching their youth.
Working with Children with Special Needs | EDUC 006

This seminar gives an overview of common types of special needs and promotes communication with parents and caregivers of Pathfinders who have them. It also provides suggestions about how to adapt Pathfinder activities for children with special needs to ensure that all Pathfinders can participate and be successful.
Teaching Christian Values | EDUC 150

This seminar covers the faith development stages of Pathfinders and gives participants ideas about how to nurture faith at each stage. It identifies the Biblical values upon which the Pathfinder Pledge and Law are based and teaches how to use strategies that model Christian principles to Pathfinders.
Teaching Investiture Achievement: Intent and Organization | EDUC 200 

This workshop presents the general outline and structure of the “Investiture Achievement Curriculum.” Special attention is given to the objectives, or intent, of the eight tracks of each level. These tracks are: Personal Growth, Spiritual Discovery, Serving Others, Making Friends, Health and Fitness, Nature Study, Outdoor Activities, and Honor Enrichment.

Understanding the intent supporting each track will help leaders implement specific Investiture Achievement requirements and/or modify and combine them as needed for teaching their unique group of young people. The workshop will include practical suggestions for creative and dynamic instruction focused on active learning.
Practical Applications for Teaching Investiture Achievement | EDUC 210 

This workshop considers the challenges and opportunities of leading and instructing the Investiture Achievement curriculum. Practical ideas for creative and dynamic instruction focused on active learning will be included. A variety of teaching methods are introduced to encourage instructors to use different techniques.
Teaching Honors | EDUC 230

This workshop will inform students of the intent, value, variety, and exploration potential of teaching honors. It will discuss what to consider when selecting honors for instruction, including integration of honors required by Investiture Achievement levels.

Guidelines for teaching include creating learning activities to complete the honors as well as how to balance integrity of learning with conflicts of time, funding, and safety. Information will be provided on where to find honor requirements and answers.
Introduction to Discipline | PYSO 120

This workshop introduces various views and definitions of discipline. It then covers principles of Christian discipline and specific techniques for effective discipline.
Required Fieldwork
  1. Establish a mentoring relationship with an experienced instructor, or, even better, with a professional teacher. Document the conversations and advice that they share with you over the course of a Pathfinder year.
  2. Lead a group of Pathfinders to Investiture.
  3. Lead a group of Pathfinders to successful completion of an honor.
  4. Create a portfolio that contains the handouts and your personal notes from the workshops you attend and the mentoring you receive. In your portfolio, place copies of your teaching plans and records as your complete requirements 2. and 3.

The Pathfinder Instructor Certification requires a portfolio documenting the journey, progress, lessons learned, and completion of requirements.
The portfolio should include a completed certification check sheet and evidence confirming requirement completion. This evidence can come in the form of signed class cards or sign-in sheets, class handouts and/ or photographs of participants leading or involved in, or proof of applicable research and projects completed as required fieldwork.

The purpose of the portfolio is not only to show completion of all the certification requirements, but also to be an authoritative referral source when faced with similar issues in the future.
The physical portfolio can be a threering binder or folder in which all materials are kept. However, a fully digital data collection is also acceptable. The content is what counts, not the form of that content.

It should be well organized and easy to check over. Items should be labeled for easy connection to a specific requirement. The form will vary according to the personality and style of the participant.

Portfolio Review

The purpose of the review is to confirm com- pletion of the requirements. It is not to require conformity to any system requiring specific formats of style of presentation.

Portfolios are reviewed to determine if they are complete or incomplete. An incomplete portfolio will be returned to the participant with a written explanation of what needs to be added, corrected or complete. Portfolios, whether complete or incomplete, should be returned to the participant in a timely manner.

Review of completed portfolios will be done by an invested Master Guide appointed by the Conference Youth Director or their designee.

Recognition of Completion

Everyone likes to have their efforts recognised. Youth leaders who put in untold hours of prayer, planning, counseling, and training are no exception. Upon successful review of the portfolio the participant is eligible for a certificate of completion.