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Knitting during class: ok or not?

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by BusyBee91 BusyBee91 (Member) Member

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Hi folks,

so I'm an auditory/kinesthetic learner, and I recently decided to start bringing my knitting to class, to see if it kept me more engaged in the lecture and off my electronics. It's pretty much a silent hobby, so I was surprised when a friend/classmate mentioned that she felt it was distracting and rude to the professor and other students. This is a class with many people on their laptops/tablets for lecture. Anyway, I grew up with a knitting mama who had hers everywhere, so I've never really seen it as inappropriate. Just curious what you all think? Would it bother you? More or less than people using electronics or eating in class?

Thanks for for the thoughts :)

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classicdame is a MSN, EdD and specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

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yes it would be distracting to me and I would be insulted if I were the instructor. Doodle if you have to, but please act professional.

Snacks are ok to me, but not meals.

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USMCRN2015 specializes in Intake, Home Care.

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So unprofessional. Gives the impression you are bored with the lecture and need to occupy your hands and have no bearing, discipline. It would be better to skip class than do that. I taught Marines for 10 years, and I would kick you out of my class for that.

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Have you tried talking to your instructor and explaining why your knitting? I wouldn't be insulted at all especially when most people are on fb or playing games.

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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Good day, BusyBee91:

Good students who are using a laptop or tablet will be using them to take notes, research material, or in other fashions that show they are taking an active interest in the material being taught. I grew up with my mom and grandmother loving to knit, and in the geographic area where I live (heavy with Amish and Mennonite), it is common to see knitting going on in various doctor, dentist, and other locations. However, in the classroom that is not about knitting or sewing, it would be a distraction (including the sound) as well as appearing rude behavior.

Thank you.

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Interesting question.

I happen to be a very avid crochet fiend, and I am often crocheting while sitting in religious services. When I began attending my current synagogue (years ago), I "felt out" the climate and actually asked those I felt could answer best, if this would be considered rude. I was told that there were always those who would find it to be so, but more likely it would just be ignored, and finally there were those who were pleased to see it, and watched ME work while THEY listened. :) And, fwiw, I discussed it with the rabbi, who gave it his "blessing", lol, when I explained to him that I actually retained Torah teachings better if my hands were moving! I could recall bits and pieces later, while continuing on the same piece of crochet, so I think it's a good thing :)

Now, as for class: IF your instructor were told of your thought processes, that you tend to mull things over while doing this kind of handiwork, maybe your instructor would be like my rabbi, and tell you it's perfectly fine. It's also possible this instructor (with a different mindset than my rabbi) would tell you it IS distracting, and would prefer you didn't do it.

Honestly, I think I'd ask that instructor. As for whether your classmates like it...? I wouldn't care! That is assuming, of course, that you aren't whipping around needles and repeatedly dipping into bags of yarn. It would HAVE to be a SMALL project, one that stays quietly in your lap, NOT some giant thing that draws attention. I think that's important, too: I NEVER bring something large, as I prefer my crochet to be more discreet, for those onlookers who seem to get distracted by absolutely anything. You don't want to create an easy situation to be targeted.

Let us know how this pans out?

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HouTx has 35 years experience as a BSN, MSN, EdD and specializes in Critical Care, Education.

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OK - to borrow the famous line from Princess Bride: "You keep using those words, I do not think it means what you think it means" when it comes to learning types. This only applies to the choice of methods to help you understand and process the material... It does not mean that doing something physical - completely unrelated to the subject matter - will help you learn. Example of applying this principle - you would be better able to understand all the steps in a procedure by actually performing them rather than by visualizing them or remembering the steps as a list.

As for knitting during a lecture??? sheesh. Very inappropriate. (full disclosure - I am a knitter... prefer complex Aran Isles patterns) If you truly want to do something that will engage your learning type... take notes related to the lecture - by hand. Or - head over to the Sim Lab and practice/ act out the topic that was discussed with colleagues or the mannequins. Save your knitting for break time between class when you need to relax.

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Honestly, I thought you were joking when I first read your post.

I think it's very inappropriate. I am sure you have a lot of time out of class when you study that you can knit.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience as a LVN and specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab.

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When I was in class & a friend sat next to me & was texting incessantly I told her to stop, that it was distracting & rude. She was offended but I was trying to pay attention to class & it's rude to the professor because you're not giving him you're full attention. If you don't want to listen to the lecture, leave!

You might think it's silent but it's still distracting to others. Find other ways to learn that pertains to class & isn't as distracting.

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JBudd has 38 years experience as a MSN and specializes in trauma, teaching.

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You would be invited to leave my class. If you need to have your hands moving, take notes.

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USMCRN2015 specializes in Intake, Home Care.

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You would be invited to leave my class. If you need to have your hands moving, take notes.

This. Preach!!!

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WookieeRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in PACU.

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This is extremely rude to your instructor. I'm surprised they haven't said anything to you about it yet.

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