1) Half the class has already taken the course so they kept side tracking the instructor by asking questions about techniques we won't even get to in this class or telling stories about how this is the way it was done in the bakeries they worked in.
2) The other half didn't know they were supposed to bring anything to class so they were completely unprepared. They spent most of the time talking to each other only to then make the instructor repeat whatever she said while they were busy talking amongst themselves.
3)One lady (who attended the same exact class earlier in the week) brought her dog to class and I believe was told it wasn't allowed in. So she got up in the middle of class to go check on the dog who she left in the car. Then when we were finally getting to decorating she packed up and left early, only to then bring her dog back in.
Now granted this is my first time taking a class outside an academic setting so I know I will have to make an adjust to a "fun" vs formal learning environment. However, I felt like this class just went completely off the rails. We barely got to play with our cookies and quite frankly by the time we got there I no longer cared. The instructor looked at me at one point and asked if I had a question since I'm sure I had a shell shocked look on my face given that the conversation had somehow changed to whether people native to our area tend to be hotter or cooler indoors. I tried to get us back on topic, but I just couldn't bring myself to say what I was really thinking! I'm frustrated that so much class time was wasted on discussing things that mean nothing to beginners or by the instructor having to repeat things so much. So I guess my question is this, was I expecting too much when I hoped the instructor would tell the experienced decorators that she would be happy to address their advanced questions after class or ask people to listen so she didn't have to repeat so much? If the situation doesn't improve, is there a polite way to broach the subject with the instructor? Or is this just how these classes work? Thanks for any thoughts!
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