Teaching in Porto, day five

For the final day of the week-long masterclass, I had no agenda. This was a time for the students to work on their own projects, but I was there to answer any remaining questions they might have.

As I suspected, the people with the most interest and experience in development were the ones with plenty of questions. I was more than happy to answer them. With no specific schedule for the day, we were free to merrily go chasing down rabbit holes.

SVG? Sure, I’d be happy to talk about that. More JavaScript? My pleasure! Databases? Not really my area of expertise, but I’m more than willing to share what I know.

It was a fun day. The centrepiece was a most excellent lunch across the river at a really traditional seafood place.

At the very end of the day, after everyone else had gone, I sat down with Tiago to discuss how the week went. Overall, I was happy. I was nervous going into this masterclass—I had never done a whole week of teaching—but based on the feedback I got, I think I did okay. There were times when I got impatient, and I wish I could turn back the clock and erase those moments. I noticed that those moments tended to occur when it was time for hands-on-keyboards coding: “no, not like that—like this!” I need to get better at handling those situations. But when we working on paper, or having stand-up discussions, or when I was just geeking out on a particular topic, everything felt quite positive.

All in all, this week has been a great experience. I know it sounds like a cliché, but I felt it was a real honour and a privilege to be involved with the New Digital School. I’ve enjoyed doing hands-on teaching, and I’d like to do more of it.

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Previously on this day

5 years ago I wrote Cerf rocks

Long-term thinking for digital storage.

6 years ago I wrote Launching for America

The new Code for America website is live. That was quick!

9 years ago I wrote Sea change

Don’t fear responsive design; embrace it.

11 years ago I wrote Magnoliloss

Back up before your data goes down.

13 years ago I wrote BarCamp London 2: The Schedule

Get the line-up in hCalendar.

13 years ago I wrote BarCamping

BarCamp London 2: electric boogaloo.

17 years ago I wrote BBC - CNN = 866

Here is the BBC transcript of Hans Blix’s presentation to the UN security council.

17 years ago I wrote Robota

Here’s something a little bit different: a trailer for a book.

18 years ago I wrote New and improved

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a few changes here in the "Journal" section of adactio.