CAD Careers, CAD Training, Google Sketch Up

After Class Notes

First off, my apologizes for the dead zone in my posting. Secondly, this will be short but note worthy.
Every semester I meet a new group of new students for the first time. Even though it always goes pretty well, I go through the nervous jitters the hours before class starts.
Today was no exception, I reviewed my notes, re-wrote them and worried that the eleven page outline wouldn’t be enough to get me through the three hour class.

After six years of teaching night classes, all things fell into place and went very well. Two or three pages carried us through the night. I should trust that the outline was I designed to provide 12 hours of instruction has and will. Given the personalities of the students I can tell that this will be a good class.

Remember that I come to class after eight hours at my day job and raising kids. That said I am not boasting but setting a point of reference to say that leaving class each week I find my self pumped! It’s 9:00 on a Tuesday night, I just worked an 11 hour day and I am ready to go!

After twenty five years of drafting teaching has given me new appreciation for a skill that I had lost respect for. The students I meet share a common interest with me. Many of them have great stories to tell and some become part of my business network.

Listen, I can go on but the point is this, if you have a trade or skill that you can share with others, be it kids or adults, do it.

  • The return on your investment will be ten fold.
  • Face fears and find new confidence in yourself.
  • Be yourself, be sincere and offer organized content that you are passionate about.
  • Admit where you fall short on the subject and provide links to resources that will fill the hole.

Teaching isn’t for everyone but giving back, some of what you were fortunate enough to receive, is.

Make it a great day!

CAD, CAD Careers, CAD Training, General

Still Training

Welcome back,

Since I last wrote, I have closed out another semester of teaching CAD at the adult ed program in town. The main course that I teach is a beginner’s introduction to Autocad and drafting. I say the main one because I took on another course introducing Google’s Sketch Up but I will get to that next time.

This past semester I threw out all of my notes. Not in a fit rage or anything, I needed to refocus and rewrite them thinking of ways to use what I have learned in the class room and on the web. Having an online business has been a goal of mine for awhile and it didn’t take long teaching to see that I found a great opportunity to get paid while I built a product to sell on the web. I have much to learn about the internet environment, but I have a start.

My first thought was to create the material in a format that my students could use while away from the class room all week and still be translated easily into web-based material. I started by getting every class outlined with the study material well formatted and organized in a word document (and ready for Power Point).

I am pulling away from the text book and creating my own material that I teach. For now I feel that it will be a good investment to author my own material, especially since much of it has been done already as I refined my CAD class. I would not have made this a priority had I not been so far into it already. I am trying to remember Michael Masterman’s phrase “Ready, Fire, Aim”. I still feel that the textbook we used is very good, however, could be more of a companion text.

By the way, thanks for your patience, I am using the “Ready, Aim, Fire” concept in blogging also. Hopefully the passion that I have for what am writing about comes through and holds your attention!

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

A new semester is starting in a couple of weeks and I have some work to do but I plan to roll out the new material to the class and get their input. What a great opportunity!  My goal this semester is to break into the internet and establish a site where I can publish the material for my students and add some additional resources for them.

We may have a few expanded topics here soon. I could really get away from CAD and just talk about training, blogging, entrepreneurial spirit, and lets not forget staying organized and balanced!