My name is Eva Söderberg and I live in Sweden. I signed up for this MOOC with shaky fingers because I´m not quite certain that I belong. I´m fascinated by creativity and how we learn things, but my field of creativity is more in the line of handiwork and this seems to be a lot about technics. I have a textile background, constantly making something. Clothes, textile art, embroidery, but also ceramics and silversmithing. I need to be working on at least a couple of projects so I don´t get restless.
I´ve been working as a teacher for almost 15 years now and I feel that I´ve found the job for me. I teach kids from the age of 12 to 15 and my subjects are Swedish and Slöjd. Perhaps you could translate "slöjd" with craft (textile, metal and woodwork), but I´m not sure it totally covers it. I teach the kids to use the tools and the materials that´s the most obvious, but more important is the skill to experiment and believe in your ability to make things. The process of what you are working with is in focus, preparedness is the word that appears when I try to translate the Swedish word.
My teaching involves using computers a lot, especially teaching Slöjd. Everything is to be found on youtube, and on the internet and I encourage the kids to think for them selves, try to find the tutorial for what they don´t know but also to make the tutorial when they found out how things work. I´ve come across the Maker Movement a lot lately and my personal challenge as a teacher now is to find a way to work with other materials in Slöjd. I can´t clearly express what I´m hoping to find but I know this was the reason for me to sign up for this MOOC.