On Teaching Fashion: Summer Camp

This summer, I have been teaching at a summer camp.  The Baum School of Art offered it’s first ever Fashion Academy, in which teens could learn various skills to create clothing and accessories.  The students ranged in age from 12-17 years old, much younger than I am typically used to teaching.  During the 6 weeks that I spent with the students, I noticed how quickly …

On Teaching Fashion: From the Archives

Difficult conversations are inevitable when you are teaching a course.  It might be an in-class critique, or a student that isn’t doing well.  As an instructor, I always want my students to succeed.  Conversations that address weaknesses in work or participation can be tricky to have.  The issues must be addressed, but in a way that can create a positive transformation in the student.  There …

On Teaching Fashion: From the Archives

Yesterday, I received news that the employer mandates for Obamacare have been delayed by one year.  These new healthcare laws have really changed how companies and schools are structuring their employees’ schedules.  Adjuncts at many colleges and universities have been greatly affected.  Most schools are on hiring freezes.  To accomodate growing student numbers, many professors are hired part-time.  Adjunct professors and instructors make up over …

On Teaching Fashion: Grading & Meaningful Feedback

Grading student work can be a challenging endeavor.  After creating an interesting assignment, I always look forward to seeing what my students will produce.  Each of my assignments have clear parameters of what I’m looking for, as well as a grading rubric.  They also encourage a certain level of independent and creative thought.  This term, I had a wonderful group of students.  They were motivated, …

On Teaching Fashion: Summer Camp

Fashion is a discipline that is generally only offed at the college level.  Some high schools teach basic sewing techniques, using commercial patterns and home sewing machines.  These high school courses don’t offer pattern drafting, draping, or textile design.  Younger students miss the opportunity to develop these skills because classes aren’t offered in most public school curricula. Local art schools can be a great remedy …

On Teaching Fashion: A Conversation About Teaching Online

Currently, I’m building my very first online class.  This summer, I will be teaching an internship seminar remotely through my school’s Blackboard platform.  Last quarter, I completed a training session.  It’s really interesting to see how teaching can be adapted to various online platforms.  However, it does come with some problems.  What if your lecture file is too large for the system?  How do you …

On Teaching Fashion: Valuable Resources

There comes a point in teaching when you run out of steam.  The work just seems to pile on.  Keeping up with reports, grading, lectures, and field trips is daunting.  All of this activity can affect your lesson plans, lectures, and patients.  I’ve discovered some wonderful resources that have saved me from having a meltdown. Dropbox:  This site is like a virtual hard-drive.  You can …

On Teaching Fashion: From the Archives

This week, I’m gearing up for midterms.  This term, I have  three courses that meet for three hours each.  In addition to creating new assessments, I’ve also been creating new lectures.  Looking back at this article from the archives, Do They Hear What I Hear? was very useful.   In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be writing more about creating assessments.   There comes a moment …

On Teaching Fashion: Creating a Teaching Collection

Teaching fashion is certainly easier if you have a collection as a resource.  Some schools with a fashion program have established garment collections.  Instructors can simply request garments to be delivered to their class.  These garments help illustrate history, construction techniques, as well as serve as design inspiration. Students really respond to working directly with objects.  Viewing tangible objects helps students assimilate theoretical knowledge.  They …

On Teaching Fashion: Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations are inevitable when you are teaching a course.  It might be an in-class critique, or a student that isn’t doing well.  As an instructor, I always want my students to succeed.  Conversations that address weaknesses in work or participation can be tricky to have.  The issues must be addressed, but in a way that can create a positive transformation in the student.  There …

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