The title explains my absence from the blog world lately. It has been a hectic past 3 weeks. From arranging/looking for a babysitter to watch Evan in between his sports camp and until Tom comes home (thankfully his regular babysitter, an assistant teacher in his former school, was available), our 1 week vacation in Madison and Wisconsin Dells (yes, we did have a fun vacation which I wanted to blog about but couldn’t), making lesson plans, making posters and re-reading up (actually, watching online video tutorials was more like it) on the subjects that I was teaching took up most of my time. Plus, I felt that I was spending too much time in front of the computer to the point of being unhealthy.
For this summer, for 10 weeks, 2 times a week, 6.5 hours a day I am going to teach Photoshop and Illustrator CS5, Photoshop Elements 9, Garageband ’11 and iMovie to patrons of the library I had volunteered in. For one day I will have two 1to1 1 hour sessions and the other day a 4person 2hour class. The rest of the time will be spent on prepping and being available to help users of the computer graphics room.
While I do know how to use these programs (after all that was why I was hired) but other people will want to use them differently for a different purpose – so it was in anticipation of this I had to do a lot of catching up on. Plus Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 also had many new features my CS3 doesn’t. I knew that the first 3 weeks of June was going to be tough and my estimate was right. Last week, I caught up, my lesson plans got done and the pressure has lifted.
As early as the first week I was told that the Retouching Old Photos class was already full. My other 1to1s are quickly filling up too (it’s fully booked until August). Also another person also does 2 days a week, he’s a music teacher, and his schedule is as full as mine.
It’s funny how a few months ago I wrote an unpublished blog post about how I was jealous of my sister’s job when she became my old hometown school’s (which our family are alumni) music and art teacher. Now by some twist of fate I sort of became one too – using a more hi tech (though not necessarily better) medium. Even if it’s only for the summer I am grateful for this opportunity.