- able to plan a structured course,
- be well prepared,
- able to quickly judge the starting points of their students in order to meet their learning needs, and
- provide pace and challenge to ensure that students do not go off task.
Our tutor certainly knew her stuff - well, that is unless you asked her anything about fabric or the software that supports the machine - although, to be fair, she did offer us a free follow up course re fabric (we won't be going - see below). She also had spent some time collating different types of paper and adhesive sheets for us to try different projects on. But there appeared to be little planning, certainly no challenge or motivation (we were, at one point, given a gold piece of vinyl and told to do what we wanted to - err?) and I certainly drew the line when I was tapped firmly on the shoulder - twice - when I dared to do it differently to the way she wanted us to do - even though my way would have worked. In fact, at one point, Lynn called her out on something that she said, but I didn't hear, and she apologised for being rude. Never have I spent two days in such good company but with such an aggressive tutor. To cap it all - she told us - on many occasions - that she has been in this business for 10 years and that this was the third workshop that she had done - err?
To be fair, as I said yesterday, I have come away knowing more that I started the weekend with - but would I go back to another workshop with her? Not on your nelly! As I said - some people are just not cut out to be teachers - let them develop their other strengths - please!