Worried About Teaching
Actually a bit anxious and worried about teaching. Teaching knitting, no less. But then again I always get a little bit nervous doing something new.
What’s To Be Worried About Teaching Knitting?
First of all, I want to again declare how much I appreciate those who teach. In large part I am who I am because of dozens of dedicated, talented teachers, instructors, tutors, and professors over the years. Being a teacher requires such a broad set of skills and qualities. Many of them I don’t possess.
Here’s My Task
I have a good friend who teaches art at a Montessori school. She’s asked me to teach two of her classes how to knit. There will be two 1-hour classes this Wednesday morning and a follow up with the same two classes of students next Wednesday. The students are between the ages of 6 and 11 (I think).
What could possibly go wrong?
Yes, I’ve lead knitting workshops at the Men’s Knitting Retreats before. But to a much older, more experienced and smaller group of students.
I’ve decided to teach two skills this week. Casting on and knitting. In essence, I have an hour to teach 12-14 students how to do both these two things. And I will be doing it twice. I’ve decided to use a simple garter, rectangular book mark as the goal of their learning.
I know the concept of books are almost too antiquated in this day and age, never mind bookmarks. But I wanted to give them a project they could manage in the week between lessons.
I’m hoping to establish two “expert” students who can help others during the week. The art teacher is also a knitter and could lend a hand as well. I’ll be leaving two laminated pictorials. One for casting on and the other for doing the knit stitch.
Next week, I’ll answer any questions they have and show them how to bind off and weave in ends. Wish me luck! I’ll report back on how it goes.
In addition to putting together all the teaching materials and knitting demo bookmarks, I did finish knitting another pair of Rose’s Fingerless Mitts using my handspun.
You can see how much more handspun I have left to make additional pairs.
So I’ll be working on these for a while.