One of the writing-related activities I do is teaching community education. Usually this kind of teaching needs some preparation before the actual event, even though the class is not formally structured with grades and credentials. Most often the tools used during my writing workshops are pens and paper. But this morning I’m spending a little time preparing teaching materials for a class that’ll require me to have a computer at hand — and my workshop participants will be watching the screen over my shoulder.
Here’s a photo of the community centre where I’ll be teaching next month — an accessible building in Oak Bay with a library branch and a recreation centre under one roof. In May, I’ll be teaching an informal community ed course at Monterey Recreation Centre, on writing a simple blog. There’s a video I particularly like to use, taken by my partner E.B. Klassen, showing me river kayaking. It’ll be ready in my files, for uploading to a model blog that I’ll be creating in Blogger in front of my students. I’ll also be ready to show it at Langley Library, if the teens attending my Green Paddler talk aren’t impressed by my little folding inflatable kayak on the table in front of them.