The difference between my 2008 experience and the classes I taught in 2010 could be summarized in one word – Preparation. From the broadest perspective, I felt as though the workshop was a kind of testing ground for my 20 years of study. It was an opportunity to synthesize everything I knew as a teacher into a format that would help expand my identity as an instructor and serve the students more completely.
Enrollment for the event was far less than what we had anticipated or hoped for, given the large turn out in 2008. There were between 7-12 people in each class. Part of the low attendance might be attributed to conducting the program just two days after taxes were due, April 16th. While the low numbers may have been detracting from a business perspective, I did not let it dampen my enthusiasm for teaching. On the plus side, each student would get more attention.