Fun fact, it was almost exactly one year between my first Railsbridge workshop as a student, and my first Railsbridge workshop as a volunteer TA! A year makes a HUGE difference!
Teaching is awesome! It totally gives you a license to be your ridiculous self. I think the more silly and personable you are, the more your students connect with you and understand what you’re talking about. You can lecture on and on about the pros and cons of jQuery and how using it can affect the performance of your program, or you can act out 2 people talking and the one person has to literally go to a library and look up what the other person is saying after every sentence. Which one is more memorable?
If you’re interested in learning how to code, or if you know how to code and want to give back to the tech community by volunteering your time, you should definitely check out some of the meetups happening in San Francisco (most of which are FREE and will help you meet other fun techy people)!
- For my fellow Jr. Devs who are trying to push our way into the world of programming – The Junior Jump Speaker Panel at CarbonFive
- For those who want to learn front-end web development, I’ll be volunteering at the next upcoming Railsbridge in San Francisco
- For those who want to learn git but have no experience with command line interface and have never used the Terminal, I’m teaching a workshop on Git for Absolute Beginners at Hack Reactor. (This meetup costs $20 per person because it lasts all day and we want to order lots of food that isn’t pizza. Most likely Greek, so that we have plenty of GF, veggie and vegan options for everyone.)
- DBCxSF is the Dev Bootcamp San Francisco meetup, which hosts talks and lectures on a variety of subjects. You don’t need to be a DBC student to attend, and if you’re considering applying to DBC it’s a great way to check out the space!
- Women Who Code host occasional workshops as well as weekly study groups where you can bring your current project and ask lots of questions.
- Girl Develop It has some fantastic introductory classes coming up, as well as a newbie-friendly hackathon!
Here is my tentative calendar for the upcoming month (subject to change if/when additional events are announced):