"The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away." David Viscott

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Teaching Styles

In the past few weeks, I have come across a variety of teaching styles in my online classes.  It is interesting how these styles are also used in teaching crochet.  Consider:

The Discovery Method

This is by far the most difficult.  The student learns by "discovering" what they need to know.  I have seen many people who want to learn crochet, and unable to afford a class, they try to teach themselves.  This can be accomplished with books, tutorials, and videos, but it takes a whole lot of perseverance.

The Everything You Need To Know And Then Some Method

Enthusiastic instructors give detailed instructions and assignments and check in on your progress several times each week.  Personally I find this approach rather annoying, but some people like the virtual hand-holding.  Constant encouragement is provided so the student does not get frustrated and quit.

credit: Boaz Yiftach

The Weekly Assignment Method

The class is once per week, at which an assignment is given due the following week.  There is no contact with the instructor outside of class unless it is initiated by the student.  This method requires the student to be motivated enough to keep up.

The "Here's The Information" Method

A blend of the first 3 methods, the instructor gives a lesson and an assignment due for the next class.  Any questions are the responsibility of the student, but the instructor is always available for motivation and assistance.  The instructor may check in with the student between classes to make sure they have resolved a problem they were having.

It makes sense that with so many different individual learning styles that teaching styles would be varied.  There is a distinct difference in the amount of time the instructor is required to invest in each style.  I would be interested in hearing from crochet instructors on how they manage their classes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Finding The Time...

Moving, getting the flu, starting school full time once again - it's any wonder I have had no time to post!  In fact, I was so taken up with starting classes that I had to stop and take a step back.  I wasn't getting in ANY crochet time AT ALL!  This makes for a very grumpy me.

That being said, the past week has been quite productive.  The move uncovered my prototype fishing hat, that will be becoming an e-pattern shortly.  I have found the gloves I'm working on for Etsy - I'm using the same original pattern as I did for mine, but different yarn.  And I FINALLY managed to finish my own winter gloves!  They are made from Alpaca Sox yarn, and are nice and warm.  Just in time for the sub-zero weather!

The move also managed to find a whole bunch of other things that I'd forgotten I had!  Therefore, yarns that I have no need for in the foreseeable future have gone up on EBay.  Patterns will probably be next.

I have 2 more bins to go through today!  But first I think I'll go crochet something.....