Well, I did it. I taught my first knitting class to six eager 7th graders. We played some knitting bingo–full of all the weird terms one might encounter while reading a pattern; we started thinking about the basics of needle size and yarn weight; and then, we all cast on. Oh my, what a crazy hour!
The teaching went as I expected: there was only one of me and many of them who needed one-on-one help and advice. But, luckily half of the kids were gone for a make-up test right from the beginning, so I had a head start with the other half. Then, when they were all back in the room, I managed to keep circling and landing and offering a helping hand here or there. The students who picked up the instructions quickly were able to help the others. And so it went! I felt a bit overwhelmed, but those are the moments when I come off fairly cool–or so I’ve been told!
And the very best gauge may be that by the end of the hour the kids were begging to stay and knit rather then head off to their 8th period classes. I’ll take that as a win. Plus, I sent them all home with their own project bag complete with knitting needles and some yarn for a swatch–I hope they play and have fun until I see them next Monday 🙂
And if any of you wise women and men out there have advice on teaching a group of new knitters, I would LOVE to hear your tales, tips, and tricks!