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Discussion on: I teach web development in college and have done so for 10+ years to 500+ students. AMA!

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zeddotes

As a developer and introvert, how do I get into teaching? I enjoy doing it but could be way better at it.

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Hi! If you say that you love teaching, my guess is you've already tried it before with smaller or maybe even larger groups of people?

I guess it depends on what kind of teaching you'd like to practice. You could teach through video courses, blog posts or by standing in front of a classroom or workshop. A great way to practice would be to attend meetups and teach others what you learned.

I recall my first lessons in an auditorium with around 160 students who were not much younger than I was. The hour before that first lesson, on the train, I was thinking about just going home and forget about the idea to get into teaching because I was really nervous. The lesson went great, I had a lot of fun and the student feedback I got after that lesson was really positive. From then on, I guess I was hooked.

If I were you, I'd give it a try in a smaller group or meetup and you will quickly notice there isn't much to be afraid of. You won't die. You won't be yelled at. You might sweat a little, but that's probably the worst that will happen ;). I've seen many introverted students open up after having to pitch their ideas on stage in school. It just takes practice and a little bit of courage to get on stage or in front of a class the first time. After that, things tend to normalise rather quickly.

To be honest, I should add that I'm still a bit nervous every september when a totally new generation of students enters my classes. To me, those nerves tell me that I still care a lot about teaching and that I'll be fired up when the new semester kick in.

Give it a try and let me know how things went for you!

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I've always mentored/tutored in a small capacity so, I think you're right, I think I'd be more comfortable in a smaller setting (4-10 ppl) as opposed to full classrooms or lecture halls. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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I prefer smaller groups as well, 15 to 20 would be idea for me. Most of my practical/dev classes tend to be on the bigger side with 30-40 students, which is a bit much at times, especially because we only have X-amount of hours available each week to teach and give feedback.

Just roll with what you like most. I would prefer making a big impact on 5 highly interested students over teaching 50 half-motivated students any day.