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Thomas Mailund has to teach a programming class, and he's not happy about it -- he finds teaching the subject difficult. One reason is having to give lectures, even though he thinks that small groups are best for learning to code. Also, students have to want to be problem-solvers. "Programming is all about solving a larger problem by working around a big pile of smaller problems," he writes.

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