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Secrets to Teaching New Programmers

General Assembly - San Francisco

Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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"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.

Have questions about Secrets to Teaching New Programmers? Contact General Assembly - San Francisco

When & Where

Ninefold & Presence office
165 Natoma St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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General Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, design, and business.

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