I think I'm hooked. I've always wanted to be a teacher, and now I'm teaching one of my very favorite things in the world. I feel so fortunate!!
Originally Posted by VictoiseC
So I really want to hear about your teaching. Were you nervous? Did you have a plan? Or can it just be really simple.... I guess so. I'm just a little nervous I guess....
Yes, I was nervous, but that quickly left as I began. Since I'm teaching for Joann's, they supply a suggested teaching format with all the info I need/should cover along with a time line. I read through it several times trying to prepare myself, but when it came down to it, I forgot everything and just flew by the seat of my pants and it worked out just fine. It was very informal, more like just showing some friends how to knit. We cracked jokes and were laughing almost the whole time.
The only bit of advice I can give you is to remind them that knitting is like riding a bike. They'll be all awkward and uncoordinated in the beginning, but it will start to come more naturally with practice. Tell them about when you started and how many horrific mistakes you made. Tell them how long you've been knitting and how much you have practiced to get as good as you are. It will make them feel relaxed and more accepting of their own mistakes, knowing that it's normal and they're not going to flunk out of knitting school! Good luck and do let me know how it goes!!
Ohhh thanks much Silver! That's such good advice. I love people and I love teaching so I think everything will work but it's still good to get those pearls of wisdom, esp the riding the bike example. Keep us posted!