The Andragogy at Nashville Software School

Andragogy is pedagogy, but for adults. Oh, and pedagogy is methods and processes of instruction. Boring words out of the way now. Tell Them How You're Going to Bore Them Ok, I could talk about all of the research we've read about how the brain actually learns. I could also…

A CRASH Course for React

I love my team at Nashville Software School. Yesterday, we were building a Deterding Gamification Outline for how we are going to teach students about Reactive, Stateful HTML Component Architectures - like React, Polymer, Vue, and Angular. When I wrote the overarching goal along the top of the whiteboard, Brenda…

The 3 Principles Every Junior Developer Should Live By

Over the years, we have had some very talented, experienced, well-meaning community members advise us that we should consider teaching our students creational, structural, and/or behavioral software design patterns. It was even suggested that we should attempt to teach the SOLID principles meant for scalable, flexible, and maintainable software…

We Questioned Everything. Here's What We Learned.

I'm lucky. Very lucky. I get to teach. It's my calling. I also get to teach adults, many of whom have plunked down a large amount of cash to have me coach them through a rigorous six-month job training program that requires them to completely re-wire their brains, and change…

Variation in Bootcamp Instruction

Back in 2015, the first year I was an instructor at Nashville Software School, I was in heavy research mode. I read books, magazine articles, and online resources about anything to do with adult education. This then led me to books about cognitive science, and what modern experiments and studies…

Software Craftsmanship Conference

I've got this crazy idea for a software conference. At this conference, no hard technical talks will be accepted. Knowing every esoteric detail of software tools and libraries does not raise your value. At this conference, the entire product, and customers, would be the focus. At this conference, product managers,…