"Secrets to Teaching New Programmers"
Our team at General Assembly has been offering tech courses in SF for the past 2 years, and we'd love to share our insights on how to effectively teach beginners. After this event, you'll have the skills needed to create and deliver an interactive coding lesson.
This workshop will be led by Chelsea Byers, GA's head of instructor development. Before joining, she taught students in Oakland for Teach for America and earned a masters at the London School of Economics.
9:30 am — Breakfast provided
10:00 am — Session 1: "Lesson Planning" — 90 minutes
We'll discuss how to properly design a lesson and use the technique of “scaffolding." From this, you'll learn how to build an objective-driven lesson of your own.
15 minute break
11:45 am — Session 2: "Delivery Techniques" — 45 minutes
We'll identify 10 teaching approaches that are alternatives to lecturing and long code-alongs. We'll work on helping you integrate at least 3 of these techniques into a lesson that you’re designing.
12:30 pm — Lunch provided — 45 minutes
1:15 pm — Session 3: "Checking for Understanding" — 60 minutes
We'll explore ways to check for student understanding through questioning techniques.
15 minute break
2:30 pm — Session 4: "Practice Teaching" — 90 minutes
Using the skills and tactics covered earlier in the day, you'll get a chance to build and present a short, interactive lesson in front of a group and get peer feedback.
4:00 pm — Wrap-Up and Networking
Bringing a laptop is strongly recommended, and please think of a topic beforehand that you'd like to develop a lesson plan for.
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