Teacher Talk – Preparations
If you’ve been following me around on Twitter and Instagram then you might know that I have recently started teaching again and more frequently. It’s something that I never knew I would love, but recently it’s just been something that I am constantly thinking about. Because of that I started working with the leisure services in my town and set up some classes this summer. I also intend to teach elsewhere and if you are a local restaurant or business looking to work together – hit me up !
I take a lot of time preparing for my classes. Because I never know what the class will be like in terms of students, I focus on getting the things together and in a sense having control over something. Also, the more prepared I am the better I feel and more confident I am.
How I Prepare
I start with my lesson plan. The lesson plan is dependent on time frame, project and skills that I intend to teach. I like to write down the plan, it usually goes like this.
Knit stitch/ SC
Then I usually explain how to continue and progress or I work on a pattern with them so I have to show all the aspects of the pattern and how to read a pattern. I also like to send the students home with some sort of reference guide whether it’s a photo tutorial, a link to my videos, or a written tutorial on how to finish the project.
Things To Bring
I make sure to bring the supplies, and if the class is responsible for bringing their supplies, then I bring some extras just in case. If I am teaching at a local store, I like to create bundles of items for the students to buy, while also supporting the store. (side note, this is also a really good way to pitch the class to local yarn stores).
I also like to bring my lesson plans and handouts to the class.
Some other things I bring my phone with music (I subscribe to Spotify so I have access to like everything). I also like to bring a camera for taking photos, (or bringing someone to take the photos), pen, past projects and other examples, and some other written patterns available for free or for purchase.
I also bring thank you notes. This has just been something I like to do as a gesture to thank my students for letting me teach them something new.
Are you a teacher? What are some things you do when you teach?