Although 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.
- Name tags help a lot. Have name tags for each class until you feel that you know your class well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enjoy yourself! I did not realize how much fun it would be until I let myself relax and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship.