I LOVE teaching! I actually beginning prepping for an upcoming class weeks ahead of time, partly because I am OCD and need to be super, duper prepared, but mostly because I am just that enthusiastic about teaching! I look so forward to the actual day when I am able to walk into the classroom and share a morning, afternoon, or entire day with those that are willing to endure my instruction for a length of time and share in my passion. But I cannot ignore the fact that prior to every session I teach my mind starts the playing “The Doubting Game”.
And here is how this game plays out. I gaze upon my class roster, I look at what I am teaching that day and the wheel starts spinning.
At the first spin the wheel stops on:
Will it be worth their time?
After all these students have paid to sit before me and learn something. I always to strive to give my student quality instruction.
Next spinner lands on:
Will they absorb the information I am trying to convey? I can prepare materials, go over what is being taught in my head and feel confident that I am going to nail the information I will present. But then that nagging uncertainty creeps in and this is what I always fear will be looking back at me when the day is upon me (and I will see about 15-25 of these faces)
Then the spinner slowly falls upon:
Are my students enjoying what they are learning? Let’s face it these individuals should enjoy their time of being educated. No one wants to sit in a classroom and feel like they are sitting before Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Ah, NO way! I want my students to have a great time AND learn!
Lastly, the wheel comes to a halt at:
Was this class productive? Did my class give my students what they expected, and wanted over the last several hours AND for what they paid for? I want these quilters to exit my session feeling as though they have gained at least a few new tools, and concepts. My inner voice has me wondering if they will all feel better equipped to take tackle their design.
For me the major challenge of teaching is creating an environment where I give those before me the opportunity to learn, and feel empowered to take the next step in the quilting journey.
This is what I hope to witness at the end of each lecture, or class.
For all my fellow instructors out there, do you have an aspect of teaching that you find most challenging? If so do tell!