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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Community.

In this Badge Bit, you  teach a one hour workshop to at least 8 students and hold the attention of the 8 students for the full hour.  If you start with 20 students, and 8 students stick around to the end, that counts!  Even if you have to bait them with cookies or something!  :)

To document this Badge Bit:
- post a link to your thread in the workshops forum on permies
- post a pic of the class (with countable students) as it is beginning (including a clock or phone with the time)
- post a pic of the class (with countable students) as it is ending (including a clock or phone with the time)

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Some tips for successful teaching, especially for beginner teachers:

Prepare! Know your material very well, so that if you need to be spontaneous, you can. Try an visualize yourself teaching and the reactions of your students and think of responses ahead of time. You might not need those responses, but just the process of thinking through them, will help you (1) know your material better, and (2) know how students react, so you can react to that.

Observe and respond As you teach, watch your students.
  • Do they look bored? If they do, try to make things more interesting--if you need to skip to your activity earlier than you planned, that's okay! Or maybe try a joke, or do something unexpected. Or maybe ask for a volunteer to help with something.
  • Do they look confused? Gather their attention (if it has wandered) and try to explain something in a new way--draw a picture, explain it from a different angle, get them to act it out, find something to illustrate your point. Don't just keep talking, though! They will stay confused and start getting bored. It's more important that they learn SOMETHING, than that you get through what you wanted to say.
  • Is someone being disruptive? Hopefully this isn't the case, but if you're working with young people, or people who are friends, it can happen. There's various techniques to getting someone to stop being disruptive: making a general announcement ("please don't talk to your neighbor, as it makes it harder for others to hear") or something funny, ("I know soil isn't as fun to talk to as human beings, but I promise you'll learn to dig it!"), or asking them a question to get them focused again ("Johny, can you tell me how clay and sand differ? How easy do you think it would be to make a castle with sand, rather than clay?"), or conscript them as a volunteer ("Johny, could you hold his jar of sand?"). If all else fails, point them and their behavior out individually ("Johny, no one else can hear when you keep talking. Please don't waste their time and mine.")

  • Appeal to all the senses, if possible Have pictures for the eyes to see, activities for the hands to do and feel, words for the ears to hear and the mind to grasp.

    Eye-contact It's generally best to keep your eyes scanning over your audience. If there's someone paying great attention, scan to them more often (for your own reassurance and self-esteem boost), but keep scanning and try to catch the eyes of everyone (but don't hold the eye contact, just glance past them). You might also find it easier just to pick a spot to stare at in the middle of the group, but this will make it harder to observe and react to your students.
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