When I teach photography classes I always do a project-based lesson. It is one thing to sit in a hard chair and have formulas and light ratios and camera manuals and beautiful examples thrown at you just to go home and pick up your camera and say "wha?"
Each of my classes is based on a start to finish project involving story, composition, perspective, exposure, editing, saving, archiving, artwork creation, printing and displaying. Along the way, you actually master your camera and the art form and have something to show for it. Win win. One of my first project-based lesson results in a lovely color collage on a photo field trip, similar to this one.
If you are interested in joining one of my photography classes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I currently have a middle school group forming, a high school group, and an adult group.