Top 3 Tips for Teaching a Kids Photography Club

  1. Keep in ShortThe kids will likely have had a long day already and will be tired. Limit the class time to 30-45 minutes.  For example you could divide each session into three parts lasting around 10-15 minutes each segment.    A) Review  B) Introducing New Topic  C) Have a photo share time. The first day of the session technically there won’t be anything to “review”, but you can use this time to learn what the students already know. Ask them why they are interested in photography and why they chose to attend your club.  Finally, spend time telling them about yourself, your experience in photography and show them some of your work.
  2. Keep it Small.   Limit the class size.  A larger class size may be overwhelming to you, especially if you don’t have any prior experience in teaching in the classroom.  Limit the class size to around 10-12 kids to begin with.  This way you can get to know them better and have an easier time remembering their names. Also, if you have a show and share time at the end of each session this will ensure everyone gets a chance to share throughout the course of the club.  Depending on the size of the school and the amount of students showing interest in signing up, you may have to create a waiting list and have two after school club sessions, one for each semester.  Each session could run for approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
  3. Keep it fun.  After being in school all day kids will like to have something that they don’t view as “work”.  Don’t worry so much about having tests or grading.  Keep it light hearted so that the kids will enjoy it.  Incorporate games such as hangman or tic-tac-toe when reviewing the prior week’s lesson.  Encourage the students to bring in some of their favorite images that they’ve taken and share with the class. 

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