The challenge in teaching

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There’s an old quote: those who can, do and those who can’t, teach. This quote is humorous, but it’s definitely a misnomer about the challenge of teaching, especially in teaching technical subjects.

Last spring, I offered The Object Oriented PHP Masterclass for the first time. This class led students through hands-on development of their object oriented skills. I learned many things, including how challenging teaching is in many cases.

I have a tremendous respect for those who teach on a regular basis, and the experience of teaching the class the first time led to many redesigns that I am incorporating in this fall’s session, including video lessons, better written lessons, a smaller scope and an extra office hours to help students tackle tough issues.

Having taught the class once gives me great respect for those who teach each and every day, whether their subjects be technical or subjective. Teaching this class has had as much of an impact on me as a developer as it has had on my students. If you ever have a chance to teach, do it! Your students won’t be the only people learning.

P.S.The Object Oriented PHP Masterclass? I’m accepting applications for the class right now, and this will be the last time the class is offered. Don’t delay, register today!

Brandon Savage is the author of Mastering Object Oriented PHP and Practical Design Patterns in PHP

Posted on 8/26/2013 at 7:00 am
Categories: Object-Oriented Development, PHP

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