Focusing on the positive…

If there was ever a time when everything falls apart it was in class this past weekend and, as an instructor, that’s the one place you never want it to happen.

I’ll admit, the majority of my classes usually go extremely well and I consider myself very fortunate. It doesn’t just happen, though. There’s a lot of time put into designing my projects, keeping track of all the products used and writing easy-to-follow instructions with color photos for all the students. I package kits and pack extra supplies. The store owners receive a complete list of products that will be used in class and they receive a sample for display.

Techniques are the focus of all my classes. I love teaching technique so have learned to incorporate them into projects that can be completed in an allotted amount of class time. I’ve been getting much better at estimating class times and classes have been finishing on time – until this past weekend.

Boy, my estimates were way off and everything that could go wrong did! Students were very understanding and still commented about how much fun they had and that they loved their project, but underestimating the time to complete the project combined with confusing instructions was frustrating for students as well as myself.

On my journey home I churned the day’s events over-and-over again in my mind, working through all the kinks – I do make an effort to learn from my mistakes. These mistakes needed to be corrected because I’m teaching this class again in a couple of weeks and I’m positive it will be a good time for all!

10 thoughts on “Focusing on the positive…

  1. Making mistakes is a part of art Linda. It is knowing which ones to “keep” that makes all the difference.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment today. I truly appreciate it

    Toodles
    Erika

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  2. Donna Hall

    Hi Linda – I was so glad to get your email. I retired from U-M and was eliminated from their email system for a few days so lost all of my old emails and contacts. I’m sure your class loved every extra minute with you! I loved all of your classes and hope to get to join one at one of your new locations. Did you enjoy your classes in Missouri?

    Donna

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  3. Karen Bumstead

    Seriously…You are the ranger wrangler. It was just a full moon. Things will go much better next time. Sometimes calamaty is the best fun ever!
    Hope to see you soon
    Karen

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