[hackerspaces] How To Teach a Hackerspace Class?

Michael Zeltner m at niij.org
Wed Nov 14 18:08:13 CET 2012

Excerpts from Jerry Isdale's message of 2012-11-14 09:32:52 +0100:
> Hackerspaces quite often have classes, right?

I'd say sharing not only infrastructure but also educating each other is one of
the pillars of interaction at spaces ...

> sometimes these are for members only, but many spaces teach public classes as
> a revenue stream (and to build community).

Just to put it out there as well: there are spaces which have a no-charge
policy. Whatever happens at Metalab is free, including "renting" a room for
the meeting, whatever that may be for (Esperanto class, soldering workshop,
counter-lobbying organisation meeting ...)

> How have you prepared for teaching a class?
> Have you tried teaching when you were only a bit more advanced than the
> students?

Yes. For example, at our #CryptoParty meetings (at Metalab), several attendees
actually knew more about the topic and subsequently turned to help explaining
as well. It was fascinating and beautiful to watch how ad-hoc situations
brought together small groups who all learn about the same topic in different
ways, by people who did not expect to even be teaching (or didn't even know
that they could be teaching anything about that topic)...

Personally, this sort of learning suits me best, although I recognise there's
people that deal far better with regular one-to-many style classes. So I guess
diversification is the key: find out what the people you're dealing with feel
most comfortable with and then try and find a way to make that happen!

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