Teach a Trade School class

Trade School is great way of sharing skills and talents. It is a non-traditional learning space where learners barter with teachers. It started in New York.

  • Anyone can teach, anyone can learn.
  • No teaching experience is required.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend classes.
  • No money exchanges hands. Teachers give their knowledge in return for barter items.

Trade School Dudley launched in July 2016 and classes have included keeping urban chickens, learning to crochet, understanding modern art, and upcycling wooden pallets. Barter items have ranged from seeds to chocolate, notebooks to wool and buttons.

Teaching a class

Classes range from 1 to 2 hours in length. Your class can be about anything and can be structured in any way you like. Just be sure that you feel comfortable setting the tone and sharing information. You are in charge during your class!  We find that learners want to get to know each other, so classes work best with break-out groups, work in pairs, and lots of participation.

Be aware of the space the classes will take place in. Do you need any resources? We can help with small consumable resources. Also, we need you to help promote your class.

Think of the barter items you ask for as a giant wish list. Make it as long and as creative as you can. This is a way for students to get to know you, or to begin learning about your topic before class begins. Try to ask for skills and non-monetary things (like research, advice, tips, help cleaning up, enthusiasm) as much as monetary-requests (like clothes, food, materials, etc.). So we would suggest that your barter items are cheap/free where possible please, as this keeps it more easily accessible for everyone.

On the day of class, you will meet your learners, receive your barter items, and run your class. We are there to help and the atmosphere is always relaxed, friendly and fun.


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