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Wilton Classes: Like or Dislike and Why

post #1 of 27
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Hello Eveyone:

I am currently being screened to be a Wilton Instructor at Michael's in Staten Island, NY. I' know that some folks have had good experiences at their local shops and others do not. So, I'm asking all of you to help me be the best teacher I can be--if selected--Tell me if you LIKED your Wilton Course I, II, III or Wilton specialty courses or if you DISLIKED your Wilton Course I, II, III or speciality course and WHY. Any tips are appreciated as well.

Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 27
I think the instructor makes all the difference in the world! I took course 1 & 3 (was not really interested in what was included in course 2, since I prefer to use fondant and I already do colorflow).
post #3 of 27
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[quote="Schmoop"]I think the instructor makes all the difference in the world!

What about your instructor did you like?
post #4 of 27
I enjoyed them all, but not my instructors so much. It is the luck of the draw, and in a small town no options. It was good to have dedicated time, and other folks to share pointers with. Good luck and have fun with it!
post #5 of 27
I took course 1, and after having my teacher bring her son to class everytime I decided I would teach myself. I am slowly learning new things from researching and reading on here. If you are lucky to have a great teacher the classes would be well worth the time and money.
I am currently helping my DIL with her bakery, I love baking and am constantly learning new things.
If you do teach a class.... think of how you approach it, as if you were the student... Best of luck!
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post #6 of 27
I liked my instructor for course 3 because she was prepared, knew how do everything being taught, knew exactly what we were doing wrong and how to correct ourselves and had good personal experience tips. My course 1 instructor cut corners, was not able to do everthing being taught which did not help when we had difficulty with something. She also did not show / cover everything that was in the book.
post #7 of 27
I like the classes too. The two instructors I had were a bit strange. I ended up complaining about one of them to the store manager. They finally got rid of her because of future complaints and missed classes.

I decided to stop at course II and learned about fondant on my own.

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post #8 of 27
I loved taking my Wilton classes. But I work at Michaels and so I knew the instructor. But the instructor does make the class. She would go around and individually help each person in class. If you were having problems with a specific technique she would sit next to you with her hand over your hand and move your hand around while you would squeeze the icing bag. She would also show us cheater ways to do things. All in all I loved the classes.
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post #9 of 27
My instructor in Virginia was the best! She would teach the "Wilton Way", but she would also teach you her way if it made it easier, (like Wilton's daisies really don't look like real daisies, but hers did everytime!) and she was practical in that she wouldn't tell you to buy things if you really didn't need them. My friend took course 1 at another store, and her teacher was horrible. She read the course book word for word, as if they didn't know how to read, and she would set a timer for each part that they were doing, and when the timer went off, it was time to move on. My teacher, on the other hand, was willing to stay until the store closed if you wanted her to, and every class I was in, all of us would stay late each class because we enjoyed her so much. She actually has received the "Instructor of the year" award for 3 years in a row and the store I took the class at was in the Top 10 for the eastern region I think, so she must have been pretty good! Hope this helps you out!
post #10 of 27
On the plus side -

They were conveniently located for me.
The classes were inexpensive - the store constantly ran specials.
The store I went to gave 10% discounts to students on all supplies.

On the minus side --

The supplies, outside of the course kits, are expensive. If you do not have a coupon, you're out of luck.
The basic program, courses 1, 2, 3, cram too much into 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
There were 12-15 students in my classes. Too many students, too little individual attention, and not enough elbow room.
Not enough time to concentrate on certain techniques.

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post #11 of 27
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Thanks everyone! I will try to apply all your tips and suggestions, and I definitely won't be bringing any children to class icon_smile.gifbirthday.gif
post #12 of 27
I had the same instructor for all three Wilton classes that I took and she was very good. She explained the concept, showed it to us and then she went around to each student to help us individually if we needed it. She had been an instructor for a long time as well as she worked in a commercial bakery and did cake decorating so she had shortcuts for us as well.
Good luck! I'm sure if you convey your love of decorating and the skills that you have to your students you will be fine.
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post #13 of 27
If you make the class fun and you have confidence in yourself the class will go more smoothly.

You have to remember that no matter what you do, someone isn't going to like you.

There are things that a Wilton instructor is told to do in order to keep the class moving along smoothly. I have heard people on this website complain about those things, while others didn't mind them.

You just can't make everyone happy.

You just have to do your best and do whatever you can to know as much as you can about what you are teaching.

Make sure you get to every instructor meeting that they offer. The training meetings are invaluable!
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post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by AmyBeth

If you make the class fun and you have confidence in yourself the class will go more smoothly.

There are things that a Wilton instructor is told to do in order to keep the class moving along smoothly. I have heard people on this website complain about those things, while others didn't mind them.

You just can't make everyone happy.

You just have to do your best and do whatever you can to know as much as you can about what you are teaching.

Make sure you get to every instructor meeting that they offer. The training meetings are invaluable!



Thanks AmyBeth, I will keep your suggestions in mind also. I realize mentally that I can't be all things to all people, but sometimes emotionally it bothers me.
post #15 of 27
Something I noticed when I was taking Wilton classes --

most of the students expected to immediately become experts at each technique, and would get very frustrated when they did not achieve perfection after two or three tries. This was especially true when they went to do the buttercream rose.

My second Wilton instructor (I took the classes twice) told us that until we have done 100 roses, or 100 of any flower, we should not complain about how they are turning out. It sounds harsh, but it was an incentive to practice when we got home. It was advice that worked for me.

Remind your students that they are there to learn, and just like learning to walk or ride a bike, they are going to fall a few times before they get it right. Then tell them your individual story of what pitfalls you faced when you were first learning.

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