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!

Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection | TED Talk | TED.com

Too many of us use the “all or nothing” approach to tasks…If it’s not perfect, I’m not doing it.

Part of the learning process of everything is taking risks, getting things wrong, and making mistakes. How I wish I had known that in my younger days! At least I get it now.

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code. In February 2016 she delivered a powerful TED Talk about the importance of teaching girls how to code.

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My goal for this blog is to share information about web development and design as well as my own adventures and experiences as a freelance front-end web developer.

When I learn something new, I’ll blog about it here. When I do something or go somewhere interesting related to web development (or not), I’ll blog about it.

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