4 Ways to Manage Teens in a Workshop!


I had a little setback last week - I had to confirm my eco-jewelry workshop with the venue holders, but as registration was lower than expected I decided that the best thing to do was to cancel it. I was rather unsettled by the whole thing as so much time was spent preparing for and marketing it. It is also a good time for me to reflect on how I should go about spreading the refashion message!  But then the unexpected happened .... I received an email the week before from Crescent Girls' School asking me whether I could conduct the same workshop for 37 of their students. I suppose "every cloud has a silver lining" holds true! In fact, it was a whole new experience for me as this was the first time I was teaching a large group of teenagers. In fact, I think I enjoyed it a lot more than teaching adults (sorry, adults!)

So, for anyone who is going to give a workshop to such a large group of teens, here are my key takeaways:

In a large group, you are going to need slides with instructions and photos so that the attention is on you (remember teens like to chit chat), plus it is difficult to demonstrate so that everyone can see what you are doing. The other reason is that some of the kids will be slower than others, and you can always toggle between slides to go over some steps. 

I was very thankful I prepared more than less. I brought along lots of old t-shirt and plastic bottle material. It also helps that you have a week in advance to prepare everything!

Some teens will have a good grasp of what is being crafted, others will not.  We made earrings and a pendant. I had actually thought they would find the earrings easy, but all the girls were getting worried when it came to doing the crimping and attaching the t-shirt material to the earring hooks as it was their first time using pincers.  This leads me to the final tip.... 

They can do it, and don't be too eager to help them in every step of the workshop. 

Thank you to Crescent Girls' School teens for being such a bubbly and fun group.

Earlier tips: Workshop Lesson Plan

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  1. Congrats for the workshop. So encouraging and your well preparation is key to success.

  2. Hurray!!! I love it when something seems to fall apart but then POW it's transformed into an even better experience :D

    Awesome of you to share your lessons learned as well - thanks Agy!

    KB x

  3. 37 at once?
    You deserve a medal lol
    but as much for the excellant prep you put in!!