Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Last Facilitator's Class of the Year!

If you want to teach with Seattle Free School this is your lasts chance of year.  In our facilitator's class we help you through the process of teaching with Seattle Free School and get you started on your facilitator journey.  Here's more:

Is there a skill, hobby, or chunk of knowledge you are passionate about? Want to share that passion with other interested people? Curious about how many people with an aversion to public speaking have come to love being facilitators?

Come to this class to learn how to be a facilitator with Seattle Free School, and to meet and network with other facilitators. This informal meeting covers what Seattle Free School is, tips on teaching, and how to schedule and promote your course.

Whether you wish to facilitate a class, or just want to learn more about Seattle Free School, you are welcome to attend this meetup. We recognize that teaching others can be an intimidating task, and we are here to support you and provide assistance in making Seattle Free School a fun adventure for you.

The class will be held in the Greenwood neighborhood with the actual location emailed to those who register below 3 days before the class.

Come share your knowledge and skills!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Class: Poi Spinning!

Poi Spinning!

September 23rd, 1pm to 3pm.


Poi spinning is a Maori performance art which got popular and modernized in recent decades. It is in simplest form it is spinning 2 strings with weights in ends in different timing and pattern combinations. Poi spinning is a perfect way to express yourself, and create movement. You can find more about it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi_(performance_art)#Modern_poi.

This class is for absolute beginners. So come and experiment with poi spinning and learn the basic moves. The class is limited to 10 people and is for all ages. As usual no material or funds needed to participate.

Location: Near and around Capitol Hill.

Register HERE

Friday, August 10, 2012

New Class: Get Sewing: Just the basics

When: 10/24/2012, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Ballard Library Meeting Room

Learn a short list of supplies needed for machine sewing in order to create success projects that you will enjoy wearing, using or giving as gifts.

Understand pattern basics, simple tools and take action and get sewing!

This class will be facilitated by Kris Collins and Clare Cronkleton

Register Here

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Class! Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking

Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Crown Hill United Methodist Church
8500 – 14th Avenue NW
The art of papermaking goes back over 2,000 years. Until 1798, all paper was made by hand in much the same way that artists and crafters make paper today. This workshop will provide the tools, supplies, and techniques for the simplest and cheapest way to start making your own paper at home (tin-can papermaking). And, since paper is made from paper, there is no shortage of materials. The class will be limited to 10 workstations, but friends or families may share a workstation. All ages are welcomed and encouraged.

Dorothy Skans is a Seattle native and a life-long crafter slash artist. She is now in the phase of trying new things to do with paper and offers workshops to motivate others (along with herself) in expanding their horizons.


Monday, June 4, 2012

For the Facilitators

A year ago we posted a video of a lady, Dorothy, who taught paper arts for Seattle Free School - and discussed why she decided to teach. http://seattlefreeschool.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-be-facilitator.html

Have you facilitated a class for Free School before, or in some other venue? Please leave a comment and share a small story about your experience. :)

Are you out of practice or new to facilitation, and slightly intimidated? Of course it takes practice to get good, and Free School is a great launch pad for practice. Here are some resources online you may want to check out as you consider your treasured skills you'd like to teach others about (including a youtube clip, because there are a lot out there):

Teaching Effectiveness Program - Ensure comfort, expect responsiveness, encourage deeper thinking, allow time

Blink - The design of your class is everything, control the content, let go of the process

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beekeepers! Prepare Your Hives

On Tuesday, May 8 we registered you for a 2-hour class "Keeping Bees in the City" at Green Lake Library. But 2 hours are just not enough.

Fortunately for you we have our upcoming 3-part beekeeping series - beginning in a few days. With an optional field study if you attend all the way through and decide you want to get serious about apiary.
Class 1 5/23/12
Do you really want to keep bees?
Who is in the hive?
Basic starting equipment
Rules and regulations

Class 2 5/30/12
Getting Bees
Equipment for the honey season
Honey Season month by month
Pests and diseases

Class 3 6/6/12
Harvesting honey
Preparing for winter
Second year and beyond

Class 4 (alternate onsite)
Live hive inspection

Of course Seattle Free School is not your only fountain of knowledge. Puget Sound Beekeepers Association will let you know about work parties and apiary sites for you to explore and learn from. Seattle Tilth, too, offers classes on beekeeping. Although those classes begin at $25 and for 2012, don't start until August.

May we suggest you come get a little honey this Wednesday, 6:30 PM, at Green Bean Coffeehouse? (8533 Greenwood Ave N) We can promise you a sweet time.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Traveling Nicaragua

If you attended the Traveling Nicaragua class last night we promised that we'd upload the slides and post the links to further information here.

And finally we talked a bit about some resources in the class last night:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Feedback on Seattle Free School Classes

Have you been to a Seattle Free School class? Did you enjoy your experience? We'd love it if you'd post your feedback on Yelp!

Here's some feedback we received about our recent belly dance veil class:

Xtina is a lovely generous teacher.
Thank you for making this class possible! It creates much good will in our community. -Janine

I really enjoyed the Bellydance Veil workshop! It was incredibly informative and fun. I had never done bellydancing before, so it was all new to me, but it was very lovely and perfect for a beginner! I am considering taking bellydancing classes now because of it.

And here's what others have said on TeachStreet (which is now sadly folding).