Continuing from here, let's talk some more about teaching. Saturday's class at The Ink Pad was a great success from my point of view. After each class, it's good to do a thorough review of the class you taught.
What went well? What could you do better next time? I try very hard to be organized throughout the class. My table winds up a complete mess and when I do a demo, though I try my best to keep things organized, they go astray. I need a system other than my students helping me look for things. I've given that some thought today and next class I will have a series of empty boxes or trays with the list of items needed in the bottom of that box. That way I can neatly set up my demo. Whew.
I will make a note of that in my "Packing for Classes" file. It may seem like geeking out to you, but for me every single second I waste is a second for teaching and making.
Encouraging dialogue at the end of each class is a skill that I've been developing. It's difficult because of those horrendous art school critiques we suffered through. What were they trying to do to us?
This is going much better for me now. I'm able to encourage intellectual dialogue using the vocabulary that we've established in the class. So kudos on that one. As each student shows her work and talks about the different technique and theories (which they like best) other students are remembering and it solidifies the day.
Packing and Unpacking: Ugh. I stink at that and since my husband was with me (he's been involved in organizing corporate exhibits for some years now) my weakness was abundantly clear.
But I'll think about that tomorrow. Maybe. Happy Monday all.