Well, this went MUCH better. We have an instructor that not only knows how to teach, he is very conscientious about time, people's questions and what we will get out of the class. How refreshing - this is what it is supposed to be like. Made me want to take more classes.
In the meantime I've been working with the Photoshop Classroom in a Book. I think if I just stick with that I will be OK. I can't see spending the next 12 weeks in the class with a poor instructor, it will just drive me nuts.