Are you suppose to bring your own supplies to class? RI, rose nails, templets.... I had to buy my supplies and I don't appreciate having to supply the teacher with hers.
I would really like to continue my classes, but I need some answers on what I should expect.
I'm in course 2, last week I couldn't do my lilies because by the time I would get my supplies back, my icing would already be hardening. I was so discouraged. I didn't get to do any orchids. But I watched, so I think I've got it.
I'm still not impressed with my instructor. Everyone in the class gets there early, she shows up at 6:30 then we have to wait on her to get ready. Usually around 10 minutes.
But then again, in course 1, I did learn how she bakes her turkeys. I wanted to let her know how to stuff one. LOL
I really want to continue with the courses. I think I'll wait until our local Hobby Lobby gets a new instuructor. This is the first time I've done something for myself in YEARS. And I want to get all I can get out of the classes.
I try to be as quick as I can when using students supplies and use a different persons for each thing so no one feels slighted.
Instructors are supposed to be the 30 minutes prior but if she works it may not be possible. What's to "get ready" if she isn't bringing her own stuff?
I'm sorry you aren't having a good time! This is supposed to be a fun thing as well as a learning thing. Maybe you should tell her how (and where) to "stuff her turkey"! ;) You're welcome!!!
I think that's what she was doing, that's how we clock in where I work.
Then she said, we'll get going in a few minutes, I'll be right back. ???
I'm really enjoying the forum, I'm lovin looking at everyone's cakes. Reading their posts.
I agree that you should speak up to the store and to Wilton. No one knows there is a problem unless it is mentioned.
I really don't know why this is such a big deal. Unless the teacher takes 20 minutes to show you something, and doesn't give you back your stuff it shouldn't matter. If it really does bother you - tell her you'd rather she use someone else's (before or after class) and I'm sure she'd be fine with it.
Again, Wilton encourages we WMI's to use our students stuff for many reasons...to check the icing, the equipment, and (I think a big one) so we don't lose our stuff. If I don't bring my supplies - when a student or two, or three, leave half their stuff at home and they ask to borrow my tip 104 over here, a spatula over there, a coupler at the other end of the table - there is a good chance someone (including myself) will forget until after class and out the door my equipment goes never to be seen again. (Yes, I have had this happen). I can honestly say - I'm sorry, I don't have any of those things with me but you may purchase couplers here. You can never have too many couplers. It is really embarrassing to have to ask for things back if a student isn't quick to hand them over. "I thought I gave that back to you". "Well, you didn't"....
So, try to be a little understanding and know it is done this way for a reason. If it really is a problem for you, just say something and I'm sure she'll understand.
As someone else mentioned, the technique is supposed to be demonstrated FIRST, with students watching, before you try the technique. So if she has your supplies while other people are working, then something isn't right. With that being said, when I have supplies readily available, I do use my own. For example, in Course 1 we have have to demonstrate how to make icing, so I will having icing in a bag already for the next class. Same goes with making royal icing in Course 2. I can use it for the next time. It just depends on the instructor. I do go around the class and check icing consistencies before they fill their bags. Once it's in the bag, it's a lot more work than if you had checked it beforehand.
It sounds like this lady has more issues going on than just using your supplies. As everyone else said, you should mention your unhappiness with your experience to the store manager or to Wilton. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples out there, and we lose students who take their classes elsewhere, and the stores don't find out about the bad apple until they've lost customers.
She explained in the first class that she would be using our tools and she would be demonstrating the techniques.
I, too, think about how expensive fondant/gumpaste is for Courses 2, 3 and 4 and I would not want my instructor to use mine if I was a student. I realize that buying my own means that I spend more/make less money as an instructor, but I can always use those finished pieces as samples to show future/potential students what we do in class and/or create displays to promote classes. And I would rather make less money than risk students having a less than positive experience because I've used their supplies.
It is also so that students do not rely on us to constantly have what they should remember to bring in the first place. When I was a new WMI, I decided to be nice and load up everything every week. Guess what happened? My students quit remembering to bring anything. They counted on me to have any and everything. It slows down the class when there is a constant, "Oh, I forgot X, can I borrow yours?" Students have to learn to be responsible and bring their own supplies.
Also, we are not reimbursed for any of our supplies. Not for icing ingredients, not for equipment - nothing. Every single supply we have comes out of our pockets.
If a WMI is demoing correctly, no student should be "out" any extraordinary amount of anything. And, during the demo, all students should be watching, not working. Any particular demo should only take a couple of minutes, so a student whose equipment is used should not lose any class time.
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