I am and will always be, first and foremost a teacher.
Since I started working I´ve been teaching.
I began as an ESL English teacher in Venezuela about 20 years ago and I am still teaching up to date between the Cake and Gelatin workshops, online classes and even went back to teaching English.
Why do we (cake decorators) teach?
I never knew the importance of asking myself this question until recently, this is because I realized that nowadays everyone teaches something, we all want to be the one with the ultimate method, we want to be the one that stands out from the crowd and tells how things are done.
Now, in the light of recent events and the changes that our society has been facing due to this virus we´ve had to rethink our businesses as cake designers and teaching, especially online, has grown immensely over the last seven months.
But as great as any of us can be at their crafts; cake design, modeling, cookie decoration, royal icing, baking, and so on, not all of us are capable of teaching.
Sorry but it´s true!
So, what makes a good teacher?… many things but I will start with planning!
Why can´t all of us just teach?… we sure can, we just really need to prepare for it.
Can we all learn to be a good teacher?…most definitely!
So, I am starting with the word ” planning”
In all my time teaching that has been the key to a successful class, committed students, great results, and much more. That is why I am creating a new course for any cake decorator or cake designer who wants to improve their teaching skills or even start teaching.
However, I want you to go today with a minor idea of what this is all about, so for that, I am starting with this article´s title question: Why teach?
When you think about “The why” you are instantly setting a path for your teaching journey. By asking yourself the reason for teaching, and any reason is valid, you are deciding how to teach, where to teach, who to teach, and when to do it.
So, ask yourself:
Am I teaching for the money, student´s satisfaction and accomplishments, vocation or fame?
The answer to this question will be the core of your teaching path.
First, all of the reasons are good, you just must decide how you approach them.
If you are in it for your student´s satisfaction and transformation, just by accomplishing the result of the project you are teaching you´ll succeed, congrats!
Students are your clients and they will come back and spread the word if they feel happy, to make them achieve the results you are offering, your success is guaranteed.
Vocation! , it is your life´s calling, you can´t stop doing it, so you will be motivated and happy, and a happy teacher equals a happy student, so they will recommend you and come back for more.
Money...hello…no one works for free; we deserve to get pay for what we do and well paid by the way.
Teaching can be a hard and exhausting job, it is not only a couple of hours of class is all the work you do before and after that counts, so please, think about the money and learn to charge well for your work, as that is one of the keys to keeping yourself motivated and your business running.
Fame, why not? If you are a famous cake artist people will want to learn with you, and if you are a good teacher you´ll be famous in your field.
Closing the circle, that means that you´ll have more and better students, you will be famous in a good way and because of it, people will learn from you and you will gain more money.
Once you get a hold of WHY are you teaching, you can move on to build your teaching strategy.
This means you can focus on what to teach, how to teach it, where to teach it, and when to teach it all because you have a clear purpose and you have your goal set!
Do you want to get deep into these concepts and let me help you build your teaching method and teaching techniques, let me invite you to be part of my community on my Facebook page The Art Cake Experience and my Facebook private group: The Art Cake School Group.
I´ll be live on Facebook live Tuesday Oct 29th at 3:00pm (GMT+1) where we can talk about all of this and I´ll be happy to answer any questions and to help you with your teaching journey.
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