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birdlady1 | Posted in Patterns on

Thank you for all your responses.

I would like to address the “teacher’s response”.

I agree, there are some people who take a little more time to learn something.  There are some things that do take me a little time to “get” than probably others, which is pattern making and sewing.  I am a visual person.  I was taping my first teacher’s classes (when my video camera was working) and it helped because you can’t always remember everything you were taught in class.  I know at times my first teacher may had a times had not been approachable, but she was a good teacher.  Unfortunately she became sick and had to take the summer off.  I felt that it would be better to take the class right away as it might be harder later on.  Both of these teachers have been sewing for years.  They are also in the industry. So they have a bigger advantage than I do.  A lot of the previous students in my pevious class had been sewing for years so I think they have a better chance of understanding what is being taught in pattern making.  I do not sew daily.  I work in the legal field and sometimes am so busy, I don’t get the chance.  I am hoping this summer will be better and I will sew more things.  I felt that taking a drafting pattern class would help me understand a bit better in sewing.  With respect to my new class, there are a number of girls that were getting confused with what she said one week and then said something different the following week.  Some had to ask her again to be sure they understood what she said the week before. 

With respect to your comment about interrupting the class, I did not nor do not interrupt any class. In my last class, the teacher sat at her desk and said that we were to work on our skirt project which was designing the skirt etc. and if we needed to ask her any questions, this was the time to do so.  I had a few questions about two skirt patterns we had to do for homework the previous week.  I was having a problem understanding so I figured that since we were going to have a test the following week, that night was the time to ask her.  I took the pattern that she had marked the week before (my homework) and asked her where I went wrong.  She started to explain. I went to get my book because I didn’t bring it up to her desk.  As I was trying to find the page I wanted to show her, someone had said that she had a question but didn’t want to interrupt her talking to me.  That is when she said “That is okay.  I can’t spend an hour with *.  I have to help others as well.  There was only myself and two people who came up to ask her questions.  So she was not overwhelmed with students approaching her.  She went around later to see how  others were coming with their projects and answered their questions, etc.  When she came around my area, I wanted to ask her a questions and then she said “I can’t keep spending all my time on helping you *.”  I never asked her to do that.  I know she has others to help but no one was coming every minute of the hour.  I feel that she was being disrespectful.  She is a teacher.  She was paid to teach the class.  She must understanding that there are some people who don’t have any experience with pattern making.  Also, most of the pattern making books appear to be more for an advanced student as opposed to a beginner. I paid my fee and sometimes teachers  may come in the class with a “headache” as she has a times, but to bad.  I go to work sometimes feeling awful but I still do my job and am respectful to my peers.  If it bothers her to have to help someone who may take a little time to understand, then may be she shouldn’t be teaching.  There are teachers who are really not suited to be teachers.  My cousin was a teacher until he retired and he has stated that to be true.  Believe me, if I was wrong in my thinking, he would be the first one to tell me.  If you can’t approach a teacher later because you are having some trouble then who what do you do?  Quit?  If you were in regular school when you were a kid and you didn’t approach a teacher to ask a questions because you were afraid then if you didn’t pass the test then the teacher is stating “If you didn’t understand, then you should have come and asked me”.  I have tried to do this in anything I don’t understand but when you are an adult and you still have teachers like that, then what are you to do?  Stay away?

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  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    What you have said needs to be relayed to the teacher or the establishment were the class is held.

    A child has the recourse to have their parent take the initiative.  As an adult it is up to you to stand up for yourself.

    Sometimes it is amazing how quickly the tide can favorably turn when you take the bull by the horns - sorry for the corny sayings, but you get the idea.

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