Teaching beginners: lessons learned from teaching at Starter School
Starter School is an awesome program, currently in its first year, teaching programming and entrepreneurship out of 1871 in Chicago. I had the joy and privilege of co-teaching 5 3-hour classes with Brian Eng this semester on provisioning and deploying Rails, TDD, and Stripe integration. I have done a fair amount of mentoring of junior developers, but I haven’t taught development to a classroom of students before. I found it to be really different. Here are my big takeaways from the experience:
Don’t underestimate the preparation.
Planning out code samples and running through demos to make sure everything works takes a huge amount of time. This was my biggest surprise. Most everything went off OK, but reserving more time to make sure demos were solid would have improved one of the lectures greatly.
Don’t think you need to write all the example code.
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