There isn't a lot of work going on here. Having a new puppy is like having a baby in the house again. I haven't had a full nights sleep since she arrived and I have developed that "one ear open" sleep that you have with a new baby. Just in case she wants to toilet and that means getting out of bed and taking her outside.
She has already learned how to get up two flights of stairs, it's the getting down that is the problem. And , just like having a toddler around, I have to watch her with the power cord to the sewing machine. Well the kids grew out of it and were toilet trained, I suppose the same will apply to her.
She really likes her food and the poor cat now has to eat on the patio on top of the BBQ to keep her out of harms way.
At school I started some more students on embroidery today. I had forgotten that they have no experience at all in hand sewing. Keeping the extra thread that you have pulled through your needle from being sewn in never seemed to be a problem. But thinking about it, these students have no point of reference. It's a bit like driving a car. The knowledge gets passed into automatic, you don't think about it, you just do it. The same thing applies to all kinds of knowledge. It is the job of the teacher to identify this and think like the novice student.
I also have a stretch sewing garment to construct with another class. I have made so many stretch garments that I don't think about it. This time I am making a trial to work out every step that could be a problem. I want to be about two or three steps ahead of the students so that I can identify the possible problems in advance.
The first problem is reading an instruction leaflet. For them it is like me trying to program a VCR. It is not an easy task and takes a high level of concentration and the ability to visualize the steps. Demonstration is definitely the way to go.