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Teaching Knitting Tips For New Teachers

20130926-120335.jpgAlthough I have been teaching beginning knitting to family
and friends for years, I recently branched out to teaching a beginner’s knitting class at a local community college. But I have to admit, I was not as prepared as I should have been since I thought that no one would sign up. Was I wrong. I have 6 really special students and I am really enjoying teaching them the joys (and occasional frustrations) of knitting.

Now that I have a couple of “professional” sessions…..although why I think getting paid to teach makes me more professional than when I taught for free, I’ll never know. Another thought for another day.

  1. Name tags help a lot. Have name tags for each class until you feel that you know your class well.
  2. Handouts are a must. I didn’t have any handouts prepared (although I was working on them) until the 2nd week. Here are the handouts I’ve used so far…*Welcome with information on local yarn shops, local Sit-N-Knit meetings, my phone, email, Ravelry name, etc.

    *Learning objectives and lesson plans (so your class knows what you will teach each time).

    *Easy pattern to try. I basically wrote my own slipper pattern with two different types of toes so the class could work whichever style they likes.

  3. Be prepared to  have one or more who will need extra help. If you have a friend who can assist you, you can tag-teach and she can help some of the others while  you do one-on-one teaching.
  4. Enjoy yourself! I did not realize how much fun it would be until I let myself relax and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship.

TTFN!

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