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.

Published by Bruce Elgort

You’ll find this technology professor – an award-winning instructor at Clark College – working hard to inspire and challenge his students with meaningful web development and programming experiences. With a skinny vanilla latte (no foam) in hand, Bruce loves to tinker and test the boundaries of existing and emerging technologies, to then guide hungry minds through memorable, educational journeys to showcase with passion the ever-evolving innovations of society. An industry leader, Bruce is known for co-developing Elguji’s IdeaJam software, and is recognized by IBM as an ‘IBM Champion’ for being an innovative thought leader in cloud technologies.

One thought on “On Teaching

  1. 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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