Once upon a time there was TEDex Eroilor in Cluj Napoca and I have met there Simplon Romania’s CEO, Roxana Rugina. We’ve been talking since about creating a bootcamp on Android Development. We actually had a date in mind that is coming really fast towards me. Since I will be the trainer, I have to create lesson plans, think about homework and lots of other technical stuff. But I have stumbled upon a problem here.
I know a lot about Android and I can’t think of anything that would get me in trouble there (except the fact that Android sucks usually). I can teach other programmers how the Android ecosystem works. I can help others learn new skills in Java, work with Android Studio and Google APIs… but this time is different. This training will have two particularities:
- I’ll teach less technical people
- It has to be structured
The two come hand in hand. It’s not that those who will participate will be absolutely non-technical persons but they will be rather new to Android and programming in general. It’s a bootcamp for the ones that need a second chance in their career. They need to learn a lot in a short time so that they could get a job in IT. It’s a thing here in Romania: having a job in IT has proven to be beneficial.
So because they have to learn a lot and they are new, the training has to be really well structured. It’s not like you could skip steps and hope people will adapt. They can’t adapt because they are real beginners. So now I’m trying to go into as much detail as I can with my lessons but it’s so hard. I cannot get things right. I always find something that should have been taught earlier. It’s like I would need to teach everything in lesson 1.
I really got stuck at week 10 out of 12. I’ve planned everything by then and can’t find anything new for those 3 weeks. Should I maybe let them for practice and project refinement?