Hi, I agree with everything that was already said about teaching :
-have all your students working on a similar project
-never take over their work
-always explain why things are done this way or an other I would add
a few things:
-Always start the first class with a workshop tour, focussing on the
tools students will use first and safety rules.
-Set up your project through techniques: for example : annealing,
texturing, soldering could be taught through a textured ring project.
It is simple, quick and rewarding. Then add some challenge.
-Try to get them to answer their own questions : apart for some
"tricks of the trade", most of our techniques can be figured out
through theoretical knowledge, logic and common sense.
When a student ask me something, I always ask him back what he
thinks, then I give some theoretical input and ask him again what he
thinks. Most of the time he comes out with the right answer.
-Let them do some mistakes: although it is sometimes frustrating to
watch something going wrong without stopping it, it is sometimes
When I see a student about to do something wrong, I ask him to tell
me what he is about to do and why. If he realises that it is not
wise, all is fine and no mistake will happen. If he still wants to do
it his “wrong” way and if it may destroy to much of his work, I ask
him to try on scrap pieces of metal first.
Here again I always try to help them find their own answers. It is
more challenging and rewarding for them and moreover it gives them
more confidence and autonomy.
I could carry on forever about teaching… but well, here is what is
the most important to me.
Good luck with your first class, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I
do! Juliette Arda