What you name your class matters. It matter ALOT. A good name can increase intendance and a name that doesn’t describe the class can disappoint students.
Which class would you take:
- Camp Fire Maintenance
- Fire Starting for the Responsible Pyromaniac
- Basket making
- Underwater Basket Weaving
I could call my class that covers humors in brewing- Food Humors for Brewing, but I choose to call it Funny Little Cordial ( play on words of humors) to grab the attention of the would be student.
For my shoe class, I could call it Shoe Identification for the SCA… Instead I am calling it Putting The Right Foot Forward. The first would probably still get you interested BUT the second one will make you want to read the description to find out more.
The truth is- at Pennsic there are 17 classrooms, with classes running from 9am-5pm ( give or take before or after) add in the classes held in private camps and JUST for war week you are looking at over 1000 classes. You want to do something to make your class stand out from those other 999 classes in the site booklet. The first thing the would be student is going to see is the description, so try to make it interesting.
WHEN making it interesting do have the class accurately describe your class. Luckily a majority of site booklets have a small ( very very small) class description you could put out ( we will cover descriptions later). For my Funny Little Cordial class, the add on part reads Funny Little Cordial: Properties of humors in brewing. This is also the title I use when I know there is not a place for class descriptions.
I personally write the class title AND the class description before I write my handouts or lectures as it gives me a guide on what I want to include. Of course most of that should be easy as you already have your scope figured out from part 3 ( see how each one builds a little on the last)