Teacher Info

Are you thinking of running a class at Trade School but are feeling a bit uncertain? 

We will be holding "Trade School 101" , an evening session for both new and experienced teachers to share ideas and experience. This will be a great opportunity to meet other teachers and get advice and support on how you could run your class. If you are interested in taking part, please send us an email to tradeschooldublin@gmail.com


Here's a short orientation to get you started.

How Trade School works

Trade School is a non-traditional learning space where students barter with teachers.

After you submit your class idea, when you'd like to teach, and what you want in exchange for teaching, Trade School organizers will review your submission. If your submission is approved, it will be posted on the website for students to sign up.

On the day of class, you will meet your students at Trade School, receive your barter items, and run your class. We are there to help and the atmosphere is always relaxed, friendly and fun. We are all volunteers and this is not about making money.

Trade school is:

A workshop where people barter for knowledge.
Knowledge is practical skills, talents, knowledge and experience.
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.


Your class

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! Past topics and approaches to teaching have ranged from butter-making workshops to foraging walking tours; from business lectures to group discussions. We find that students want to get to know each other, so classes work best with break-out groups, work in pairs, and lots of student participation.

Be aware of the space the classes will take place in. What do you need? Will it be noisy? Do you need a whiteboard? We will help you with these questions but just keep that in mind.

Also, we need YOU to promote your class. We promote Trade School classes on our social media networks and through outreach but you can also help to publicise your class. So, if you're giving a 'Drawing 101' class, why not email local drawing groups? Or share on art Facebook pages, ask your friends to retweet the details, put a sign in a nearby shop or community centre, etc.


Your barter items

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. 


Choosing a venue for your class

When you register your class you will be asked to choose a venue and timeslot for your class. Dominick Street Community Centre has 3 venues you can choose from, a multipurpose room, a computer room and a sports hall. We recommend reading the VENUE INFORMATION before you register your class.


Have a look at our Past Classes for inspiration or About Us for more information about how Trade School works

or just sign up to teach now! You can do it, it'll be great fun and we're here to help!