Throughout late 2008 and early 2009, the Metal Clay Academy Advisory Board have been discussing and compiling a number of resources and guides for metal clay teachers. The well-known and respected teachers on the Board have a wealth of knowledge and experience about teaching a number of subjects including metal clay. Their combined expertise has been used to create these resources.
This document aims to lay out some fundamental aspects of running a good class. It is designed to help metal clay teachers improve the standards of their teaching.
This short article suggests topics and activities that you might cover in metal clay beginners training.
This short article will give new teachers some pointers on how to build their confidence when first starting out teaching metal clay.
There are a number of things that cause teachers angst in the classroom and this article suggests some ways of dealing with these commonly reported problems.
This article outlines some basic learning styles and is an introduction to the subject of learning theory.
This article goes into the basics of lesson planning. It provides a checklist for you to follow when you begin to plan your lessons.
Here is a draft cancellation policy for teachers to use. You can use this freely and modify it to meet your own needs.
We've put together a simple feedback form that includes information most teachers would find useful. You can use this form freely and modify it for your own needs.
From the Jewelry Artist newsletter.......
Good teachers freely give everything they have
Good teachers guide their students to the next "place of wonder"
Good teachers show, tell, and inspire
Good teachers critique to build up, not to tear down
Good teachers feel pride when students grow beyond their teachings
Good teachers are secure in their roles and keep their egos in check
Good teachers learn from their students
Good teachers create a "safe place" for creativity to flourish