Last Saturday, I heard a sad story from a mom of one of my students. She told me her son had done six months of coding classes at a popular coding school.
But, after six months of coding classes, her son did not learn one coding concept. Even her son confirmed it. He said he didn't learn one coding concept.
Six months of coding classes, and it was a complete waste of time.
Question: How do you spot a fake coding class? How do you spot a fake coding instructor?
Answer: If the coding instructor never asks students questions. If the coding instructor never asks students to do coding exercises, problems, or projects. If the coding instructor never gives students worksheets to work on at home.
A real coding teacher never, ever, assumes the student understands code the first, the second, or even the third time. Because kids (and adults) will lie to the teacher.
Teacher: "Timmy, do you have any questions? Do you understand today's lesson?" Timmy: "Sure. It's simple."
Reality: Kids (and adults) lie. And lie. And lie. Lie all the time. No kid (or adult) wants to look dull. Especially in front of their peers.
Tip: Never, ever, assume your students understand the lesson. You must, must ask probing questions every class. You can't ask enough questions. Never assume, always verify.
About Dr. Code The Code Doctor has a BA in computer science. And 10 years of IT experience. He is a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (www.csteachers.org).