Just before Christmas I was asked to take on classes at the Woking Adult Learning Centre, to cover for a teacher who wasn’t able to continue teaching there. I couldn’t commit to her existing class times, but we were able to find a suitable alternative. So, fron 20th January, I will be teaching at Woking centre on Monday evenings, 7.00-8.00.
It’s always exciting to have a new class, but equally, it’s slighly daunting to take over from another teacher. I appreciate that the students I am inheriting will be making comparisons, so I want to make a good impression in my own right, so that they feel confident that they will continue to learn interesting new stuff and have a fun time while they’re doing so. I know that their former teacher and I have very different styles, so the change may be a bit disconcerting for them at first, until they get to know me, and get used to how I work. I will be explaining why I do things the way I do, to help it make sense and I will be checking in with them, to build good communication channels, and make sure they understand they can reel me in when I’m trying to take them too far away from what they know. I may need to take them out of their comfort zone, but I will be there to hold their hands and guide them back to safety again!
EDITED TO ADD – Unfortunately the Woking class didn’t get off the ground this time around. But we’re hoping to reinstate it from September onwards, so watch this space!