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Busy Week, End of a Brief Career, Some Great News

I’m winding down my high school teaching career this week. My final day of teaching high school classes, perhaps for good, is this Friday. I taught high school full time for the past three years. If you want to know why I am deciding to leave this glamorous and rewarding career, check out my latest posts at dawnsbrain.com.

The good, great, fantastic news is that I get to go back to teaching college kids (and adults) in July. I got a part-time teaching position at the Art Institute, where I will have two web design classes. Each class is four hours long, once per week, for an eleven-week quarter. I could perhaps have taught there full-time, but I want to keep my schedule open for all the freelance design work I hope to pull in.
My other good news is that I have decided to create a new side business for myself. Some of my tutorials here have been very popular. However, I’ve been kind of all-over-the-map with what I create. For the past year or so I’ve been thinking about writing a Photoshop tutorial book geared toward the classroom. So, instead of cranking out a new tutorial a couple of times a week in random order, I’m getting organized. I want to create a comprehensive curriculum and have it all online. This new effort will appear in due time at 60Lessons.com.

Here’s the synopsis:

Art and design lessons tailored for the classroom:

  • 45-minute daily lessons
  • 10 lessons per unit
  • 60 lessons per course
  • Instructor guides
  • Unit reviews
  • Unit projects with rubrics
  • Unit quizzes

Subjects:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver
  • HTML and XHTML
  • CSS
  • design principles
  • drawing
  • and more!

My slogan is Daily Doses of Smart™.

I hope to build the site to

  • offer 60 lessons for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • invite guest teachers
  • cater to people learning on their own as well, perhaps providing paid coaching
  • eventually provide a social networking/community setting

Some of the 60Lessons.com materials will be free, and others will be available at affordable prices. Banner ads alone do not pay the bills, I have found.

I’d love to have your feedback on this venture. Is the 60Lessons.com concept of interest to you? What would you want to see offered?

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