Are you about to start your first beading class?
As an experienced beader, I’m sure you’re itching to teach a class or two to impart your knowledge on beading. Whether you want to teach a particular project or a specific beading technique, there are basic things you must do and prepare ahead before teaching.
- One way to develop a teaching method is to have a mock class with friends and family. In this way, you’ll learn how to create a proper classroom atmosphere. Encourage those who are involve to ask questions along the way.
- Impart the knowledge you know you have mastered. If you’re used to beading with multiple strands, then teach that to the students. Make sure you’re already skilled with a certain technique.
- A week before your class, email your students and give them a list of supplies/tools they need to bring. Encourage them to ask questions as well so they can clarify certain things before the activity.
- Don’t forget your class schedule. Provide a simple outline of what you’ll discuss and when breaks will be taken.
- Illustrations and photos of activities should be printed as well as step-by-step instructions. You can also include a list of blogs, websites, and online stores where students can find more useful information.
- Go the extra mile. This is what makes you stand out from other instructors who might be teaching a similar class. Prepare group activities that will challenge your students. They will definitely have a memorable experience and will look forward to future classes.
- Have a blast on the day! Don’t sweat it. You will learn a lot in the process, get to know your students, and make great connections.
After the activity, provide a business card and an information sheet that highlights all your credentials. If you have a website, the better. In this way, your students will stay updated with your work. Also, let everyone fill out a newsletter sign-up sheet so they can get information on events that you’re hosting. But don’t require them to sign up and that they can unsubscribe anytime should they choose to register. Finally, ask the students to give you a short evaluation so you’ll know what needs to be improved for future classes.
Having your very first beading class is absolutely exciting and of course, nerve-wracking. You will be handling beading enthusiasts of different ages and with varied personalities. As you continue to have classes in the future, every experience will be different. But here’s hoping your very first class will both be exciting and fulfilling for you and your students.