Hi, I'm Leny. I code for, like, few, maybe too many years. More than twenty-five years. I think it's the only thing I really like to do. With teaching.
I'm currently working at BeCode. We are a webdeveloper bootcamp from Belgium, relying on active pedagogy to teach code & programming to people who came to us from many contexts (refugees, unemployed, people in a career/life shift).
Our moto is that you "come as you are"; and we value effort and kindness above all.
I'm a coach, the closest thing to a teacher... without being one. I was a teacher before, in a more classical pedagogy, trying to motivate people by trusting that make them listen to me or seing me livecode on a beamer for hours will help them learn how to code.
At BeCode, I'm there to give my learners projects, contexts, problems.
They're working hard on it, learning by trying, doing, failing, doing again.
And after 7 months, they go on internship. And, believe it, most of them are ready. They aren't what some wants to call "10x developers".
They're juniors. Motivated, dedicated, hard-working juniors.
They know what they know, what they don't know, and how to learn it.
Why I talk about that?
Because I'm proud, but also because I think we can do much more in our community by being kind, welcoming and gentle.
Remember how we were when we started programming. Eager to learn, proud of every little script, every little debugging.
And how many of us where discouraged by some bad comments, bad teachers, bad mentors?
Yeah, as senior, we know better. We know that what we see, when looking to a beginner 'script, is maybe buggy, inefficient.
But there's no need to put someone down for that.
Compliment people, value their effort, encourage them to go further.
Juniors are not here to take our places. They are hungry for our advices.
Everyday, I see how kindness and empowering helps people to push their limits forward.
I see people with no experience in coding becoming promising developers, and because they have learning from the beginning with kindness and good vibes, they are sharing it too.
We can break the circle, we can let angry seniors just be the grinch of the feast, until they see that it's not because they had bad experiences with their mentors that they need to reproduce that.
This post can continue for long, but you know my point: be kind, be helpful. Even if you think you're not experienced enough.
Your experience and knowledge are worthy to share.
And yeah, next time, I will talk about code.