I've been teaching classes nearly a dozen times a year since the end of 2009. I'm getting more and more requests for bigger classes, and from farther & farther away. That makes me terribly excited, but also nervous! I don't have a lot of experience being a student because prior to this I was home with little ones and unable to get out to take any workshops. I have a few instances of one-to-one mentoring as the learner, but that's about it. Now that I'm teaching more, I want to be a good teacher. I've read a lot of advice in posts by other instructors. Heather Lair gave me tons of awesome advice as well. She was so full of fantastic ideas.
|bird's eye view, post-class at my friend's loft studio.|
Now I want to hear from those of you who have experience as the learner. Can you tell me what you think makes a class a 'good one' for you? What is the most frustrating memory you have of a class (no names please... just scenerios). If you thing back to your 'favorite class' - what made it so wonderful? What about supplies - do you like to get your own or do you prefer the class to have it all set up in the kit fee? Do you like freebies & gifts? Demos? Handouts? Show & tell? Food? Shopping? Lots of student-teacher interaction? Tell me what you love and wish you could have offered in every class you take from here on in. Be as specific as you wish.
I think back to a huge class I ran in Winnipeg. I mentioned how nervous I was and one of the women looked up and said, "Really!? Don't even worry about it. We are the ones who are nervous!" That sure relaxed my perspective. I had never even considered that. So there, I learned that it's important to make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable regardless of skill level. What are some ways to achieve that?
I can't wait to see the responses!
So here is the random draw prize - a $20 online coupon from Ribbonsmyth! (You can find the link to her shop on my right sidebar.) Silk ribbon galore! All colors, all widths... and the best part is that silk ribbon is light and thin so it costs a single postage stamp or two to mail (even to Canada). If you have a lot of things to say, then go ahead and enter as many times as you like!! What the heck, right? I think your input will be very valuable for me. I want to make my future workshops the best I can make them.
Thank you! And thank you very much to Victoria @ Ribbonsmyth! I'll pick a winner for first thing Wednesday morning. : )