One of the things I find challenging, yet very satisfying, is to mark the homework for the Olds College master weaving program.
Have I done a good enough job explaining things? Have I given them good information?
Of course there are times when very experienced weavers take the class(es) and I don't feel like I offer them very much. But perhaps they, like me, wanted to 'test' themselves to see if they really know what they think they know.
I have been blessed to follow one group through two levels. Now many of this group were already very well established weavers and it was a challenge to discuss principles with them on a much deeper level. But that forced me to dig deeper into my own foundation of knowledge/experience.
After teaching this program for a number of years I feel that I have grown, not just as a teacher, but as a weaver.
This year is especially challenging because I'm also flailing about the conference. Finding time to do both things has been stressful, and as mentioned previously, I have discovered that there very much is a bottom to my well of energy. :(
When I look back (hindsight is so accurate?) I feel that my health issues began to become critical in 2006. That's almost 15 years (more because I only became aware of the symptoms then - when I think back they were there for at least another 5 years, just weren't really adversely impacting me) of a slow leak of energy.
Major surgery, then a recurrence of the cancer the past few years, has just served to drain my reserves even further.
If I can do one thing in this life, I hope it is to encourage weavers to learn more. To change their minds when they find that is appropriate. To explore. To expand their horizons.
I do my best to support those who are less experienced and to challenge those who already are, to do better. Aim higher. Dig deeper.
I have caught up on the current harvest of boxes of homework. I know there are more to come. Several have had Life Happen and they are either changing which class they go to next or taking a gap year to continue to work on what they have learned.
If nothing else, I hope that people feel that they have benefited from the class(es) and feel more confident in proceeding.
Each one...teach one...(or more)