I have had a wee break (in both senses of the word), have scoffed the scrunched up manky looking remnants of my yummy fudge, and am ready to type. I need to nip out to the bank soon, so will leave Saturday and Sunday until I get home.
Be warned - those of a nervous disposition may need to look away now, I did NOT enjoy Friday morning ... nay indeedy, this little Yorkshire lass was pretty pissed off. Swear words may appear.
Friday, the 13th. Spooky eh.
Right - I had been looking forward to this day. I booked the class in January, had always quite liked the tutor's blog and designs etc, and thought a class on professional finishing techniques would be invaluable.
We had a mad dash to the bank first to get my float for the afternoon, got lost and got to the class about 5 minutes late, for which we apologised. Big class, I think 22.
I am still umming and ahhhhing about naming the tutor, but I will - I named the excellent one, so will name this - and quite honestly I doubt that a successful American publisher / designer will give a flying toss what a Yorkshire unknown wannabe writer has to say. Annie Modesitt. I name you.
Within 30 seconds I nudged my friend and whispered 'She's bloody rude. I don't like her' - my friend replied 'I do! She's funny!'
10 minutes later my friend nudged me - 'She's rude, I am furious.'
Ok - when I speak nobody else speaks, I can understand that - does it need to be said with such venom so many times? Later on she commented how quiet everyone was - er ......
When I sat down she glared and said 'it's like an old lady eating sweets' - I apologised and said I was turning my mobile off - and the entire row did the same, saying 'oh hell I forgot that!'
'Do you mind if I pick on you? You have a badge with a skull on, you won't mind - and they will enjoy it.'
I won't go into the whole 3 hours worth, suffice to say that - as I have posted elsewhere - arrogance, rudeness, humiliating people, inappropriate comments (endless gun and shooting comments - 'oh I am just being SO American'), have no place in any teaching classroom at all.
You do not use 'humour' as a facade for rudeness.
Now I know from having read other blogs that some found her delightful and funny - maybe I am just an uptight Brit - but I felt decidedly uncomfortable for the whole morning. I have a sense of humour, I am very hard to offend, I am pretty easy going I hope - but I did not enjoy this session. 22 people had each paid £35 for the pleasure ...
Utter disorganisation ( not enough copies of the one sheet handout), apparently making it up as she went, forgetting what she was about to do, endlessly complaining about her health - I am sure I was not the only person there with health issues but I certainly wasn't discussing them - sorry, if you are too ill to do the job then don't bloody do it, or plan around it and make sure you have notes to prompt you and the room set out to suit you. It is called planning in advance and being professional. At one point she totally forgot what she was doing and said the immortal line 'This is my 5th class and my brain has stopped working completely'.
So if I ever go back to teaching I will just say 'this is my 3 rd lesson, I can't be arsed to do it well.'
I am a fairly laid back teacher - I have to be, I teach teens who have been thrown out of school, usually for extreme violence, and I also teach many children with severe autism. But I am also an absolute professional in the classroom - without blowing my own trumpet I have repeatedly been classed as oustanding, I am Head of English and middle management, so I do feel qualified to comment on what I see as very poor 'teaching'.
I found the seaming advice very useful indeed - but that was it.
Picking up stitches? None.
It really seemed made up - 'oh, shall I show you how to ....' rather than 'next I am going to look at ....' and then asking if there was anything else people would like showing.
I gritted my teeth and got on with it - my gut instinct was to walk out.
Will blog the afternoon later on, I am knackered! It might take a long time to slap enough makeup on not to scare small children today .... back in a bit.