Next Installment of My Become A Better Craft Teacher Series is Up!


Over at Sew, Mama, Sew the next installment of my six-part series, Become a Better Craft Teacher, is up!  This week, we’re taking a closer look at the lesson objectives, and working toward ensuring that every project and every part of your class is built to encourage your students to work toward greater skill and understanding.  See this installment here, and then peek at the previous segments in this series!

Note: The image above features Heather Ross, Anna Maria Horner, and Denyse Schmidt and was taken surreptitiously during the Heather Ross Sewing Retreat in 2011, since I didn’t want to let on to these awesome ladies just how star-struck I was.  The teeny squares in the foreground are pieces from my Tony Danza quilt, which I secretly want to re-make, because I think I can do it better than I did.  Is that crazy?  See more pictures of both the Heather Ross retreat and my Tony Danza quilt over on Flickr (and if you were formerly a member of the Whipstitch Fabrics Flickr group as a customer at the shop, consider moving on over and joining us at the new Whipstitching group!).

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  • Maga
    September 26, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I tried leaving a comment on SEW, MAMA, SEW but it seems to have disappeared so I thought I would come here to say Thank You for writing the posts on how to be a better teacher.
    I will never be a teacher but I am an eternal student and I hope your articles will help me be a better student. Reading the posts so far has certainly made me aware of how I can provide better feed back when asked for it. It is also making me look at class programs in a different way and I hope it will help me avoid some of the classes that are a waste of time of money because I have taken quite a few of those the last 25 years.
    I look forward to the next instalment. Thank You again for taking time to do these.

    • Deborah
      October 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Thank you so much for all your kind words! And I think you’re so right: learning more about the planning process behind a class totally makes you a better teacher, and can help you provide the kind of feedback that instructors need so badly but rarely receive. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them so far, and hope you’ll like the rest of the series!