I recently took a Wilton course where I learned a lot, but I also had a bad teacher. As a knitting and crochet instructor and teacher I thought I would write about my experience with bad teachers and how I learn from them.
Different Types of Bad Teachers
I did not go to school for teaching, I am by no means an amazing teacher myself, but I do learn from teachers of the past that I have liked, and especially from ones that I do not like. In my life I have had teachers that don’t try to change their teaching, teachers that are too broad, and too specific. However, I’ve learned a lot from all and this is how I use that to my advantage.
Everything is A learning Experience
Everything is a learning experience. When I was in school I learned better by doing and having examples. That’s what worked best for me. I had friends that learned better by reading and some that were visual learners. The best teachers were the ones who accommodated the all of those, or gave the students options.
Because of this, when I teach my classes I provide a written out explanation of the stitch and the pattern, but I also always demonstrate. And if the student is still not getting it I will provide hands on approach because knitting and crochet focuses a lot on muscle memory.
For the teachers in my life that were too idealogical and let me “make my own conclusion” but then gave me a bad grade because they didn’t agree with my opinion…this one is for you.
When I teach knitting or crochet, there are some basics that I have to teach. Casting on, chaining, slip knots and things like that. I take a little extra time teaching those foundations because I do not think they need to be broad or pushed aside. They are fundamental. Can they be changed, altered or made their own? of course. That’s what we’ll talk about next.
My whole life people have told me that I knit the wrong way or I crochet the wrong way. I just smile and nod. Sometimes I get annoyed and sometimes I have a comment to say back. Usually it’s just…”who cares?”
Who cares how you hold your needles.
Who cares if you hold your crochet hook at a 90 degree angle
If your work is coming out the way you want it too and you feel comfortable doing so, that’s great!
I am a teacher. I help my students work on their projects and I always see a lot of variations on how I teach it to them and it always makes me smile. Because I know that they have gotten the hang of it and made it their own.