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Sharing a Passion for ROCKHOUNDING

In the Classroom and the Community | Part II
All of the cabochons featured in this article were lapped by students taught by the author.

AS I discussed in the first part of this series (published in the March 2019 issue) the process of transforming the idea of hosting lapidary classes into a reality involved many elements, equal amounts of eff ort and patience, and tremendous support from fellow members of the Southwest Gem and Mineral Society in San Antonio and the Northside Adult & Community Education program. And like all good things, it’s been worth every moment and step in the process.

As preparations were coming together, in the back of my mind I could not forget people telling me that no one would be interested in studying gemstones and learning lapidary. There was a minimum number of students necessary for a class to form, and I was planning to teach two courses, Introduction to Gemstones and Lapidary Arts. Weeks before the first classes started, I was watching online to see if anyone would register.

Introduction to Gemstones was scheduled to start February 19, 2017. Truth be told, this was not my favorite course, but I saw it as an important course leading into my lapidary classes. About two weeks before the class started, the magic number of five students was reached. From there it grew daily. The day the course started, the class registration reached 20 students. Now I had a new problem: teaching 20 students was very different than teaching five. I quickly adjusted my lesson plans for the larger class.

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