**We're a super small team so we're not able to respond to everyone individually, but if the class seems like a good fit we'll do our best to reach out.**
Teaching at the Brainery isn't about being a world-reknowned expert on a topic, it's about being excited to help people learn the things you're already excited about.
Whether you're a statistics geek, bottle kombucha in your kitchen, are a grad student in something awesome, or have just read far too many books about a topic, we want you to lead a class! People out there are interested in everything, and when you share your knowledge, everyone benefits.
Some teaching experience is helpful, thought not totally necessary, but even more important is being organized and flexible in the face of a bit of chaos.
What kind of classes are you guys looking for?
We love classes of all sorts, but we're especially looking for teachers in things like:
Crafts of any and all sorts - especially things that don't need any fancy equipment
Community Economic Development
History of ____ (anything at all!)
Sign Painting (old school style)
Weather and Meteorology
Things You Learned in Middle School
Mythology + Folktales
New York City + Its History
What's it like to work in ____ industry?
The general rule of thumb is the quirkier the better. We want to have classes you can't find anywhere else, whether they're super academic or precisely the opposite.
How do you go about creating a class?
What kind of class you lead is up to you -- hands on, lecture, field trippy -- they're all cool with us. Different styles work for different topics, and we'll totally work with you to figure out what's best for your subject.
Classes are generally about 90 minutes long, but we're flexible, and we usually ask first-time teachers to try a one-week class before jumping into something longer.
You've got a couple options:
We try our best to keep classes accessible and charge enough to cover materials and rent. If you've never taught a class before, we'll lead you through what we've found works and what doesn't and work with you to come up with a good setup. Plus you can take a couple classes for free in exchange for your time.
Since everyone's gotta eat - if you have teaching experience, we'll pay you $30/hr for your time. If you don't have experience yet, teach a class first as a volunteer, and then you have your teaching experience taken care of! We'd love to have you come back and teach again and again.
Of course, there're exceptions to any and every rule, so email us with any questions and pitch yourself as a teacher on our suggestion page! We're always a little overwhelmed with suggestions, so it can take us some time to get back to you, but don't worry if you don't hear back right away.