Ok- by now you should have the name of your class and the scope of what you want to teach, the next super simple part is coming up with your class description.
Your class description is going to do 2 things
- Tell people what your class is about so they want to come to it
- Help you stay focused on your class’s scope when you are doing your class notes
You should have 2 class descriptions, one that is very small that can be tacked onto your class titles for when class descriptions are not published, and a more thorough class description.
Here are a few examples:
|Class name||Short Description||Long Description|
|Funny Little Cordial||Properties of humors in brewing||Properties of humors in brewing. Covers the classification of medieval beverages and how to create a cordial based on a desired humor. Over 21 only.|
|History of Drinking||Common Medieval Drinks||History of drinks, how they affected society and culture. Includes samples and recipes of common drinks found in the Middle Age and SCA. Over 21 only.|
|Persona-Based Arts and Science||How to easily incorporate your persona and research into your daily SCA activities.||Don’t just let your persona stop with your name. Learn how you can easily incorporate aspects of your persona into your A&S projects, garb, and activities at events. Includes beginner persona information and more intermediate resources for the next step.|
|Putting the Right Foot Forward||The first step to learning about buying or making footwear for the SCA||Want SCA appropriate footwear, but don’t know where to start? Come learn the basic styles for different cultures throughout the SCA time frame so you can easily identify what footwear is right for you. Class notes will also include links and references for tutorials on how you make your own SCA footwear.|
Between your name and the short description, a student should know enough about your class to be able to decide if they want to take it.
At Pennsic ( and hopefully a majority of events), class information is available online before the event so people can see what classes they want to take. This way they can plan their day accordingly. This is where you want the longer class description.
In the main class description ALWAYS include if there is a fee, size limit, age restriction, and what the student can expect to accomplish.
As I mentioned above, now not only does the student know what will be covered in the class, but so will you as the teacher.
For the persona class I know I need to include:
- how to incorporate Personas into your A&S projects,
- How to incorporate into your garb
- How to incorporate into your activities at events.
- Some intermediate resources for the next step.
That right there is the basis of my outline for my class ( meaning the next step is half way done)