The question I get asked the most is….. “Well what should I teach?”
Teach What Interests You
One of the best things about the SCA, is there basically is something for everyone. If you are into underwater basket weaving, then teach underwater basket weaving ( a real class at Pennsic, btw). If you are interested in the social implications of the plague on the peasant class of England, than teach that. If you are passionate about the subject you are teaching, than the class will be far more interesting ( BTW the social implication class is amazing… and includes finger puppets… all because the teacher is passionate about her subject)
Have you received any awards? If you have any awards specific to a subject ( AOA or GOA level fighting, service, or martial awards like the purple fret or the willow in the Middle Kingdom)? Then there were enough people who thought you were competent enough in that subject to write in award recommendations.
What do you normally do at events? Do you fight? Do you do service? Do you take part in A&S? Anything YOU do at an event can be taught in a class. Do you run troll? Teach a class on troll including the sign in sheets, the process, and how you run it to make it smoother. Do you sit and sew Viking garb while watching the fighting? Then teach a class on hand sewing. Don’t forget the service or martial aspects. If you are a fighter, fencer, or archer than think about teaching a class on martialing, techniques, or equipment.
Don’t take something for granted. Just because you know something, and it comes to you as easy as breathing, doesn’t mean everyone knows it. Everyone starts somewhere in the society, and sometimes its the very first steps that are hardest to learn.
Another way to help pick out a class, is to ask yourself what are you known for OR what do you want to be known for. If you are a Norse artisan, and you want to be the best darn Norse person you can be, then think about teaching a class on a Norse topic. People won’t know that you are passionate about a subject unless you put yourself out there. They might not know that you completely hand sewn your outfit after hours of research, but if you teach a class on it ( research aspect, how to, patterning, ext) they can than come back and say “Hey look at the hand sewn dress, I want to do one just like it”.
Finally, is there something in the Barony, Kingdom, or Society you would like to change or improve? The best way to make change is to be an example of it, and to try to encourage others in a positive manner. I personally wish we spent more time doing period research on our personas. Instead of complaining about it or even worse criticizing those who don’t do it, I teach classes on personas and research. Tennis shoes at events make me cringe, so every year at Gulf I teach very basic shoe making. If I can teach 1 person how to make shoes, than that will be one less pair of tennis shoes at events. So if you want to see a positive change in your local group ( more heraldry, better garb, food at events, ext.) teach people how to do it.
Make a list of everything that you do in the society, that you are passionate about it, that you want to be known for, or that you want to help change in the society. Here you have a great basic list of broad range subjects that you could turn into a class.