Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bradley Method instructor training

Okay, I know people have been wanting to hear about my Bradley training in DC. It was an incredible experience. I met so many wonderful people (and their adorable babies!). It was super-intensive, of course. There is still a ton of work I have to do before I am officially certified to teach. Although I get exhausted just THINKING about it, it's comforting to know that all of their teachers, mine included, was so expertly trained.

Okay, so the classes went on for 4 straight days. The first three days, the classes were 8:30am-10:30pm. On the last day, classes ended at 3:00pm. We got 1.5 hours for lunch and 1.5 hours for dinner. It was extremely family friendly, so husbands and kids came and went as mamas were needed. It is definitely a lot to ask of mothers and fathers to be away from their homes and kids, etc. It is also a substantial monetary investment. I think a lot of the material could have been covered online independently and tested with quizzes, reports, essays, etc. instead. That would have saved me a lot of money and might attract more teachers to train. However, I am sure the experience, the bonding, the camaraderie, etc. is part of the education.

The most exciting part of the training is that it was taught by the Hathaways, who worked directly with Dr. Bradley (had one of their babies delivered by him!) and Susan McCutcheon was there to give a workshop, too! I totally geeked out and had them sign my books. They were very gracious! They are all incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. It was such an honor to learn from them.

I got official notice that I DID pass the final test (PHEW!). I still have a checklist that feels like it's a mile long to complete before I can actually start teaching. I teach as a provisional educator until I have completed 2 full series of classes. I don't see myself being able to start until January. That's my goal and I think it's realistic. I am so excited about this!