Top 10 Web Development Teaching Tips!
Between my ten years of teaching web development, and feedback from teachers using StudioWeb over the last year, I have put together this list of teaching tips that you might find useful in your classroom.
- Show your mistakes: I leave in mistakes (and make a few on purpose) so that students can see that making mistakes and writing code is normal. In fact, I have heard countless times from students that seeing me make mistakes made them feel more relaxed.
- Break code: Encourage students to break their code once they’ve got it working. Seeing how a language reacts to broken code is part of the process of learning to code. Creating errors in code is very educational and soon enough, your students will start to better understand the errors.
- Use the tools of coding- code editors and browser developer tools: Too often, code training courses try to hide the actual apps coders use from students.
- Use analogies: People love analogies! One of my classic analogies is to compare different classes of languages to different classes of automobiles to answer a simple question: why are there so many programming languages out there?
- Small Bytes: Keep your learning segments small! We live in the YouTube generation where 6 minutes is a long, long time to focus on one subject- especially for teens! For courses created in 2014, I try to keep my videos under 4 minutes … targeting 2-3 minutes. Yes, I misspelled bites on purpose!
- Save time: Use the flipped classroom teaching method. Why teach the same basic concepts over and over again when you could be spending your time helping individual students or creating more interesting projects for your classes to work on.
I hope you find these tips useful. Thanks for reading,