Lunch Proposal: Teaching Ruby

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Paul Leader

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Mar 21, 2013, 6:33:13 AM3/21/13
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Last weekend I was involved with the UK's first RailsGirls event, organised by Andrew Nesbit and Julian Cheal. I think we learnt a lot by doing it, and I'd love to do more, bith more RailsGirls events and other follow-on events.

I'd like the chance to talk to other people who've done similar, teaching tech to kids and adults, whether that's Ruby or not. Swap ideas, experiences, observations, and material. What works, what doesn't, where people get stuck and how you help them, how do we explain some of the more esoteric and abstract aspects to programming novices?


So who's up for something like that?

It's been suggested that we try to coordinate all the BOF lunches in the same restaurant so we can mill around a bit between them all (I know I'm not the only one that wants to go to all of them), can anyone suggest somewhere that would be suitable for that sort of setup? I think somewhere that's a little less "capital R" Restaurant would be better, where they don't mind us wondering around, so perhaps a gastro-pub that does good grub?

Paul (@noneeeed)

James Adam

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Mar 21, 2013, 6:37:26 AM3/21/13
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On 21 Mar 2013, at 10:33, Paul Leader <pa...@paulleader.co.uk> wrote:
> It's been suggested that we try to coordinate all the BOF lunches in the same restaurant so we can mill around a bit between them all (I know I'm not the only one that wants to go to all of them), can anyone suggest somewhere that would be suitable for that sort of setup? I think somewhere that's a little less "capital R" Restaurant would be better, where they don't mind us wondering around, so perhaps a gastro-pub that does good grub?

There are two pubs very close to the venue - The Green Man (where we'll all go after the conference) and The Albany. I'm not sure about their table sizes though.

There's also a Pizza Express right beside the venue, who I'm sure could accommodate BOF lunches. And, of course, a whole bunch of other restaurants a little bit further south on Great Portland Street.

Finally, the bistro at the back of the venue should be open and serving food between 12 and 2, so that's also an option.

- James

tim ruffles

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Mar 21, 2013, 6:50:59 AM3/21/13
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Paul - great idea for a BOF lunch, would be v interesting. Have been teaching JS, HTML & CSS at General Assembly for a while, about to teach Ruby + Rails so would be good to chat!


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Roland Swingler

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Mar 21, 2013, 7:02:41 AM3/21/13
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Hi,

I'd be interested in this as well - I've just finished teaching a RoR
course at General Assembly which was an interesting experience. Would
be good to trade experiences / how to make teaching programming
better.

R

Tom Ward

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Mar 21, 2013, 7:16:16 AM3/21/13
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I'm interested in this too.  Don't have any real experience of teaching, unless you count listening to my other half moan about her job (as a teacher) every evening.  I would like to hear about initiatives such as rails girls and code club, with a view to getting involved in something like them soon.

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Tom Stuart

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Mar 21, 2013, 7:27:20 AM3/21/13
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Very interested too! I'm a regular RailsGirls coach in Berlin and very
keen to swap experiences etc.

Paul Leader

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Mar 21, 2013, 7:42:16 AM3/21/13
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Cool, it would be great to hear what other RailsGirls teachers have learnt from doing it.

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Piotr Szotkowski

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Mar 21, 2013, 7:43:31 AM3/21/13
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I’m a Rails Girls Warsaw coach and I’d love to compare notes.

We’ll have another Rails Girls a week after Ruby Manor,
and we’ll try out Hackety Hack and Sinatra for this one.

— Piotr Szotkowski
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Piotr Szotkowski

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Apr 4, 2013, 1:34:54 PM4/4/13
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Piotr Szotkowski:

> We’ll have another Rails Girls a week after Ruby Manor,
> and we’ll try out Hackety Hack and Sinatra for this one.

The first (very rough!) cut of ‘as simple as possible, but not simpler’
Sinatra app is at https://github.com/chastell/suffragist – ideas
(especially about striking a good balance between simplicity, crudeness
and introducing different Ruby concepts…) and patches more than welcome.

Our plan is to drop Try Ruby, have Hackety Hack and this on day one and
switch to Rails on day two; thanks to the single-file Sinatra example we
hope routing, views and persistence won’t be three huge, totally foreign
ideas anymore (this was a major bummer at our previous Rails Girls).

— Piotr Szotkowski
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