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. "You get stuck all the time, and need to get yourself 'unstuck.' With experience you will do this faster and faster, and often manage to avoid a lot of the small problems in the first place, but you need to get this experience by actually solving the small problems."
The Challenge of Shaping a Programmer
Sep 17, 2008