The success of the OrigamiUSA PCOC depends upon our volunteer teachers! If you teach at PCOC, you may be eligible for Priority Ticketing. Details of how Priority Ticketing works are here. If you have any questions, contact us at pcoc-teaching [at] origamiusa.org.
The cutoff date for entering classes is firmly fixed and cannot be extended, because the final class schedule must be posted before online class registration can begin. Key dates are:
- August 31, 1:00 pm EDT — Sign-up to teach opens.
- October 6, 1:00 pm EDT — Sign-up to teach ends.
- October 14, 1:00 pm EDT — Class selection begins.
- October 19, 1:00 pm EDT — Class selection ends.
- October 19, 5:00 pm EDT — Class assignments posted.
Register to Teach a Class
You must register for PCOC (even if you are not taking classes) before you can sign up to teach.
Remember that we must have the creators' permission to teach their designs, and that diagrams may be distributed only with permission from the diagrammer and creator.
Please read through all of the information below before submitting your teaching form(s). These forms are for those who know what they want to teach. If you don't know what you want to teach, please contact us at pcoc-teaching [at] origamiusa.org.
Your Teaching submissions:
- Please log in to your web account to register to teach.
When you register to teach a class, it will be reviewed and approved by the teaching team. After approval, a description of your class will appear on the class preview web pages. Within the teaching registration form you will have the option to upload one to three photos of your model, which will be shown on the class preview web page. Uploading photos is optional, but very important for the online class registration system. Please do not delay telling us what you want to teach, even if you don't have a photo. It can be added later if you attach it to an email addressed to pcoc-teaching [at] origamiusa.org.
Students will have 6" kami in their survival kits. Single sheets of larger kami and foil will be available at the information desk for teachers’ demonstration. If you need other types of paper for your class to fold, please request it on your teaching form. Supplies such as scissors, glue sticks, and markers for whiteboard use will be available at the information desk as well, to be borrowed and returned.
You can request that OrigamiUSA provide additional paper for teaching and/or for the students. The available papers are:
- 35 cm paper for teaching
- 10” paper for teaching
- 6” foil for teaching
- 10” foil for teaching
- Astrobrite for teaching
- 35 cm paper for students
- 10” paper for students
- 3” paper for students
- 6” foil for students
- 10” foil for students
- Astrobrite for students
- Play money for students
If you select "Other," you'll provide additional details, and there are no guarantees on availability. The teaching team will contact you further to discuss. If we can't match your requirements exactly, we will try to find an alternative that is acceptable.
You can also provide materials of your own for which you may charge a small fee. However, if you are able to lend tools or diagrams and have the students return them, that is preferable to charging a fee.
An email summary of the materials to be ordered is always sent to the teacher. It states:
Please reply to this email, confirming, correcting, or canceling your request for special materials. If we don't receive your confirmation, we'll have to assume that the request is cancelled.
In the past, many teachers had not responded as requested but we had not followed through with the cancellation. However, in such cases, the materials ordered were often not picked up. This year we will cancel any unconfirmed orders.
You may also request special instructional equipment. The available options are:
- A digital projector to connect to your laptop
- Document camera with digital projector
- Whiteboard and markers
As above, if you select "Other," you'll provide additional details, there are no guarantees on availability, and the teaching team will contact you further to discuss.
If you are connecting a digital projector to your laptop, the digital projector's connection will be HDMI. If your laptop does not have an HDMI output, you must bring any necessary adapter to support an HDMI connection.
The physical model menu continues to be an important feature of PCOC, partly to accommodate on-site registration and partly because it is a beautiful visual focus of the PCOC event!
Your model for display on the Model Menu must be available in the Hospitality Area no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday afternoon, October 26. If your travel plans do not allow you to deliver your model by then, please mail it to Paper Tree so that it wil arrive by the Monday before PCOC, October 23. Send to:
Paper Tree "PCOC 2023 Model Menu"
1743 Buchanan St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Make certain that your model is bigger than 3" and smaller than 8" to fit the space available. The breakdown of the Model Menu will begin at 4 pm Sunday, October 29. If you want to retrieve your model, please pick it up by 6 pm on October 29. Models not picked up by that time will be considered a donation to OrigamiUSA.
General Information for Teachers
If you are planning (or considering) teaching a class at PCOC, please read through the information below to help plan your class, its level, and to ensure a smooth and successful activity.