A common question that new instructors at GA ask is, “How can I ensure that I’m breaking a technical concept down well for students?” That’s hard and often learned in the role, over and over again. For our instructors who have taught multiple programs at GA, one underlying idea is that systematically building up the rigor of student questioning, tasks and assignments helps prevent confusion and pushes students to maximize their learning.
One of our most exciting initiatives of 2014 has been creating a series of “How to Teach” workshops for the broader tech community. While GA is well known for what we teach, what many people might not know is how much time we spend training our instructors and talking with them about how to teach. In fact, we have staff members and instructional coaches whose sole job it is to help train and support our instructors.