So after watching the talk from PyCon titled “Your Brain’s API” it definitely taught me how to approach teaching in a new way. Currently being a student at The Iron Yard, I would say, humbly speaking, I am probably the top student in my class. Therefore I am generally asked the most questions in class when working on our assignments. I see this as a opportunity to further my teaching skills to those with less experience than me and as a test of my own skills on how well I know them. This is the first time I have ever played the role of a small teacher and I enjoy it. I like being able to help others with their problems and relieve any stress they may have on a current problem. It is definitely challenging gauging how much to help them or to try and solve the problem from their perspective in their code. From past experiences, others I may help have approached the problem in a completely different way in comparison to me so I expand my thinking in a way as such “how can I solve the problem from this kind of approach.” This experience is invaluable as it will only strengthen my skills as a developer for when I am in my first job as a programmer.

As far as what the talker had to say about asking questions I am still learning when to ask questions as prior to The Iron Yard, I was self taught in coding. I always googled the answer in my struggles and was able to usually find the answer, sometimes in 5 minutes or 5 hours. I certainly do not ever want to become dependent on asking someone questions but I do need to know when to ask questions. One thing that caught my attention from the talk was how the talker’s boss told her to ask questions sooner so the movement of the project can continue more rapidly. After hearing this I thought, it is okay to sit and struggle on a problem for an hour or even a couple hours when it is on your own time but when your at your job and your having problems, just ask someone after 10 or 15 minutes so that you can keep moving on with your work instead of slowing the team down just because you do not want to ask.

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