First time teaching! Part 2

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I led part two of the LLC WordPress workshop on August 25. It went pretty well, I think. I was not as nervous and felt more confident than I had the week before.

One of the best parts of the whole experience was the support and encouragement that I received from my friends Yaa, Joe, Sara, and Jess. They each took time out of their busy schedules to support me and to mentor for me on one or both nights. I’m so close to these people that it’s difficult to comprehend that this time a year ago, we didn’t know each other! This is a testament to the power of community and about how close-knit we “HackerYouvians” become.

Throughout the course, they were quick to offer advice and guidance to the learners. Whenever I scanned the class, I always caught a friendly glance and smile of encouragement from one of them. During exercises or breaks, they’d offer to get me water or come up to me and let me know that I was doing a good job. I can’t even express how much that meant to me. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough!

I will definitely be teaching again. It was rewarding and fun!

First time teaching!

IMG_2161Yesterday was my first time as a lead instructor for a two-part Ladies Learning Code course titled Intro to Blogging & WordPress.

I was nervous, but once it got started, I felt good. The only negative thing was that I was so under the weather. I had been home from work the previous three days suffering from a migraine. Going to HackerYou was the first time since Monday afternoon that I had left my apartment.

I had a great time!  There were about 25 participants. They were engaged and asked great questions. The mentors, as always, were friendly and helpful. I started to fade during the last 30 minutes as my head was pounding. I don’t think anyone (except Yaa) noticed.

I love teaching and I love WordPress! Even with the terrible headache, I could have gone on for hours! At one point, Jess had to remind me to stop to give the participants a break, lol.

Part two is next Thursday. I can’t wait!

HackerYou Demo Night!!

Tuesday, April 12 was HackerYou’s WordPress, Ruby on Rails & Web Development Demo Night. Students from each course gave demonstrations of their final projects. I was one of two presenters for my WordPress class…my friend Yaa was the other one.  I demo’d the wedding site that I created for my sister’s March 2017 destination wedding.

These evenings are always so much fun and a great way to showcase what we’ve learned to friends, family, and to the tech community. This was my second time presenting. For some strange reason, I was quite nervous this time but it went very well.

Photos by Pam Lau

 

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