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Lesson 2: Teaching Methods

Objective: In this lesson you will learn effective teaching methods to help you be a successful teacher.

Assignment:

Memorize the BIG THREE and DDD. Send me an email with a one-paragraph reply indicating the two things that you feel are most important when it comes to using the teaching methods presented in this lesson.

Before we examine chip carving content, it is crucial to know how to teach this content to your students. Knowing all about chip carving and how to do it is one thing. Teaching it to others is entirely different. I’ve taught in the classroom for many years and will give you some time-tested methods that I use to help you be a confident and successful teacher.

You are the TEACHER, so TEACH!

-Let them know what’s coming. Everyone wants to know what’s in store for the class. Tell them what you plan to cover, when you will take breaks, what your plans are for lunch (important :-), where the restrooms are and what time the class will be over. Providing them with this “plan for the day” will also help them know that questions they have will be answered later when you address the topic. This saves time and makes for efficient teaching.

-Exude confidence and energy. The energy you have as a teacher will motivate and energize your students. Your confidence will grow as you teach more and more students. Expect to have a healthy case of butterflies before your first class starts. That’s normal seeing as you are embarking on a new adventure. As you refine your teaching methods and content your confidence will steadily rise. Your students will recognize this. Being confident does not mean that you will have answers to every single question. It’s okay to say, “I’m not sure, but I’ll get an answer for you.” (Then you can text me and possibly get an immediate answer.) Rest assured, your skills and confidence will grow and grow and each class will be more enjoyable and profitable that the last.

The BIG THREE

Proper Form – Be Safe – Have Fun

Throughout your class encourage your students to use Proper Form, Be Safe and Have Fun!

Proper Form will be taught at the start of class and returned to regularly as you provide individual help and introduce new concepts. Without Proper Form your students will risk getting cut and will have a hard time enjoying this craft because good results are hard to come by without Proper Form.

Keeping our students Safe should always be something we watch out for during class. Using Proper Form, keeping the other hand behind the knife blade, and carving on a lap board are needed to avoid injury. While accidents can’t always be avoided, limiting them is important.

You know how enjoyable chip carving has been in your life so you are in a perfect position to show them how fun chip carving can be. Remind your students to relax and enjoy themselves. If students expect perfection right away, take the pressure off and encourage them to focus on one cut at at time as they learn from one chip to the next.

Use Proper Form, Be Safe, and Have Fun!

How to teach content –Demo-Do-Demo

-You Demo – Students Do while you guide – You Demo

As you teach new content you will begin by explaining as you Demonstrate.Encourage students to get close so they can see what you are doing. Use a camera and screen if possible especially when teaching a large group. If a camera/screen isn’t possible, consider demonstrating the same content two or three times to smaller size groups. Speak loudly and clearly. Take your time, go slow and repeat. You’ve done this many times but this is the first time for many of your students.

After your demonstration it’s time for students to Do it themselves. Point out the part of the pattern they should work on as they attempt the technique you just showed them. Move around the room and provide guidance as needed. Encourage positive things you notice. Correct form and make safety reminders. Don’t be afraid to adjust the grip on their knife to get a proper angle. Questions will come your way as you make yourself available to your students.

Finally, after students have had sufficient practice on this technique, get the attention of your class and Demonstrate the same content again. As you do you may want to point out common problems areas that you noticed. This second demo is especially important now that students have had a chance to try it out on their own. Your demo will be even more meaningful and students will learn a lot as they watch again.

Demo –Do –Demo
The BIG THREE
Proper Form – Be Safe – Have Fun

Throughout your class encourage your students to use Proper Form, Be Safe and Have Fun!

Proper Form will be taught at the start of class and returned to regularly as you provide individual help and introduce new concepts. Without Proper Form your students will risk getting cut and will have a hard time enjoying this craft because good results are hard to come by without Proper Form.

Keeping our students Safe should always be something we watch out for during class. Using Proper Form, keeping the other hand behind the knife blade, and carving on a lap board are needed to avoid injury. While accidents can’t always be avoided, limiting them is important.

You know how enjoyable chip carving has been in your life so you are in a perfect position to show them how fun chip carving can be. Remind your students to relax and enjoy themselves. If students expect perfection right away, take the pressure off and encourage them to focus on one cut at at time as they learn from one chip to the next.

Use Proper Form, Be Safe, and Have Fun!
How to teach content –Demo-Do-Demo

You Demo – Students Do while you guide – YouDemo

As you teach new content you will begin by explaining as you Demonstrate.Encourage students to get close so they can see what you are doing. Use a camera and screen if possible especially when teaching a large group. If a camera/screen isn’t possible, consider demonstrating the same content two or three times to smaller size groups. Speak loudly and clearly.

Get up close and personal. Most students will appreciate the individual attention and instruction you give them. Don’t overwhelm them but give them as much as you think they will accept.

-Encourage! Instruct! Encourage!

Be a cheerleader for each student. Ask them to pick out the best chip they’ve made so far. This helps them do self-evaluation. Have them compare chips just made to some they made when the class first started. You want your students to be able to recognize good, clean chips and determine what adjustments to make in their technique. Remind them to learn from chip to chip! This builds self-confidence. Remind them that this is day one and they’ve only been at it for just a couple hours! Imagine the results as they continue to practice and develop their talent.

Plan ahead
  • Just enough information but not too much
  • Build a foundation to start with
  • Be flexible with your schedule and adjust as needed
  • Allow students to move ahead at their own pace but keep the class moving
  • Provide them access to online review materials, lessons, patterns
  • Give them your contact info (and MyChipCarving.com) so they know there is someone they can reach out to with questions when they need help
  • Gather their contact info so you can follow up with them

Read this article: Effective Teaching Strategies: Six Keys to Classroom Excellence

As you read, reflect on each Key and how it relates to the information presented in this lesson. You should see a direct correlation.
I’m here to help you be the best chip carver and chip carving instructor you can be!

Assignment:

Memorize the BIG THREE and DDD.Send me an email with a one-paragraph reply indicating the two things that you feel are most important when it comes to using the teaching methods presented in this lesson.

Before we examine chip carving content, it is crucial to know how to teach this content to your students. Knowing all about chip carving and how to do it is one thing. Teaching it to others is entirely different. I’ve taught in the classroom for many years and will give you some time-tested methods that I use to help you be a confident and successful teacher.

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