On Teaching

As a college instructor, there is one thing that I rarely have ever talked about and that is how I have improved my skills. Every day in class I am constantly being asked to help solve student programming problems and demonstrate and explain my solutions. There has rarely been a time when I couldn’t come up with a solution.

The other skill that I have developed is solving problems “over the air”. What this entails is being able to solve a student’s problems without even seeing their code. I ask a series of questions and by the time we get to the second or third question the student has resolved their own problem.

I highly recommend that you give teaching of any kind a try. It will not only help your students but yourself.


One thought on “On Teaching

  1. Hogne Bø Pettersen

    I’m very happy that I’ve been able to have teaching as part of my job for the past decade. I’ve given a lot of classes, and I love it. And yes, I’ve developed a whole lot when it comes to teaching since I started doing this. If I look back at what I did ten years ago, I clearly see that today I’m doing it so much better. And I also realise I can still improve.

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