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How to teach Origami to young People?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:20 pm
by Tavin
I'm rather new to teaching and held my first course about one year ago, for six months each week.
It thought school children age 10-15 it was a group of 5-10 . My Problem was that quite a few of them did not show to much interest and got rather bored. I managed to learn from my mistakes and improve by choosing easier models and having play breaks. But still I was not satisfied with the way the course went. And want to do better in the future?

anyone has general pointers on teaching children origami?

PS: I hope this is the right section for this topic

Re: How to teach Origami to young People?

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:08 pm
by Sanja
Continuum in origami teaching is rare in my experience. Only once I had a group for a month.
Advanced children and adult beginners. Then I started contemplating imaginary origami toolkits I could draw from for each individual, different as they may be. Posted them on my blog: ... oolkit.jpg
Blog was also a backup for beginners: ... chive.html
As you can imagine, I always get a new group. Size varies from ten to almost eighty at one event. Before I start teaching I like to learn what they already know, how they feel, what are their interests, what they like. Then I look into my imaginary toolkits to find what they might need in origami.

Most helpful in my teaching so far? Enthusiasm about modern origami art and artists, chatting/stories accompanying a sequence of folding, challenges for advanced, tips of techniques.

Re: How to teach Origami to young People?

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:54 pm
by Tavin
thanks, the tool-kit was useful in particular!
My Czech is non-existent, but luckily the diagrams on (your?) Blog are good and so understandable without language. I like the improvement of the crane, I like this going away from "here is a instruction follow it" and rather "here is a instruction for your consideration, make of it what you want"

Re: How to teach Origami to young People?

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:16 am
by brigili
If you need more information about how to teach
you are invited to join the conference about origami didactics
in Freiburg every november.
you can exchange your experience with many other folders and teachers
so, see you there

Re: How to teach Origami to young People?

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:53 am
by Emma Beatriz
I am writing a wiki on the subject in Spanish.
Maybe it will be useful,

I accept ideas, suggestions and translators.

Thank you!