A couple of months ago I was asked the teach by the owners of the local craft store. I learned to knit there 2 years ago and have since started a knitting group that meets twice a month there.
Last night I started teaching my 1st class. We will meet weekly for 4 weeks, 2 hours at a time. I had 6 students and they were total newbies and they were great. I started out with a bit of info regarding yarn, needles, notions, basic lingo, knittinghelp.com, ravlery and some helpful books. Then, we jumped in and they learned to cable CO and work the knit st. They were awesome. (I was so nervous. I have taught several of my friends to knit, so I knew I could do it.) I worried that teaching a group would be difficult. I had a friend there to help me out so that no one would be left waiting if someone needed a little more attention. Everyone learned at different paces so I was pretty much able to give each some time.
They went home to practice there knit st and next week I'll teach them to BO and work the purl st. Then they will start there 1st project, a small coin purse worked in garter st and sewn up the sides. I felt like making a scarf can get discouraging with the length. (When I started I wanted instant gratification.)
I plan for them to work on at least 3, maybe 4 small projects. That way they will feel like they've done something and they can see how the k and p work together to make different st patterns.
After the students left the shop owner told me I did a great job and that my introduction was fantastic. She said she even learned some new things about yarn.
I love the spread the love of knitting. I can't wait til next week.