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Discussion on: 7 Tips To Make You A Better Developer and Development Instructor

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Joseph Thomas

How do you encourage questions? I teach a remote class (8-12 people) and I've noticed that they will not ask me questions if we're all working in the same "room" in the video chat - but when I break them up into smaller groups, and visit those rooms, they ask questions much more freely. These questions are often ones that would benefit the entire class.

Other things I have learned from teaching -- try to touch on larger goals once or twice during a class. I taught a lesson on unit testing and got a lot more attention from my students when I said that knowing how to write tests is very valuable in the eyes of employers & potential employers. Same goes for a11y, documentation, and other less interesting parts of the work we are learning to do.