Crafting her role in the community
After taking a break from education, Lucy found a route back into teaching following a chance conversation with her tutor. Although COVID-19 disrupted her plans, new avenues opened in arts and crafts that brought support to local learners during lockdown.
I was attending a WEA course on parenting and got chatting with the tutor after the class. I told her I had just finished a TEFL course, as I had not been in the teaching world for a while and wanted to get back into it. I really missed those ‘eureka moments’ when students grasp something they didn’t think they could. Watching their confidence grow is so uplifting.
I had a degree and a PGCE under my belt, but didn’t necessarily want to go back to a mainstream school. The autonomy and freedom of further education had always appealed to me. I mentioned I taught science, and that I was happy to help with the reading at primary schools for parents. Next thing I knew, we were meeting in Bournemouth Library and I was planning my Magic of Science course!
The idea was to do a couple of taster sessions and I was looking forward to setting up an after-school science club in a couple of local areas. It was going to be big and messy – giving kids a licence to blow stuff up. And the timings and vicinity ticked all the boxes for my work/life balance. While waiting for confirmation, I also accepted the opportunity to teach life skills and art at some of the other community centres.
Then COVD-19 struck… The world became a much smaller place: the width of a Zoom screen. The science and reading didn’t seem to fit in with the virtual world, so I swapped over to arts and craft, and I have been running crochet, watercolour, quilting, bullet journal and solar system classes. These are all so beneficial for your mental health, especially in a challenging time like lockdown. I’m one of those people who always wants to learn new things. Next year I am going to try and build up my interest for the sciences and I’m even running a short course on genetics.
It’s amazing what a short conversation can lead to!
I have been running crochet, watercolour, quilting, bullet journal and solar system classes. These are all so beneficial for your mental health, especially in a challenging time like lockdown.