Teaching Programming at Flatiron School

A few months ago we discussed teaching programming in an online environment (aka Kahn Academy) with John Resig. This month we welcome Avi Flobaum who will be telling us about his experience teaching programming hands-on at the all new Flatiron School here in NYC.

Avi has been working in NYC Tech since age 15, or for the past 13 years. At 20 he was the CTO of a hedge fund, at 23 he founded DesignerPages.com, and for the past two years, he's been teaching programming on Skillshare, General Assembly, and most recently at the school he started, Flatiron School, a 12+4 week, full-time, immersive program to make web developers from scratch.


In this talk, I'll share with you what I've learned teaching programming to absolute beginners and getting them production ready in just 4 months. Whether it's how to best approach the tactile and syntactical aspects of code, the philosophical and abstract concepts, or the human skills of collaboration and problem solving, we'll talk about how Flatiron students learn. We'll go over the structure of the day at Flatiron, the philosophy with curriculum moving up abstractions, the mechanics of working in teams, and the transformation of culture into a coder. Knowing what I know now, I wish I ran my dev teams in the past like I run the school.

After my portion, I'm going to be inviting two real-life Flatiron students to talk about what they've built and what they've learnt and answer any of your questions.


* Starts at 12 NOON
* Pizza and Beverages will be served!

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  • Sara W.

    Loved the presentation

    1 · December 15, 2012

  • Robert J W.

    Avi's slides are here! http://bit.ly/ZrwNiN Thanks everyone!

    December 14, 2012

  • Steve B.

    Great subject - interest to hear about how the speaker organized teaching beginners. Minor downside is that it's very ruby/web focussed, but that's a reasonable choice for beginners.

    1 · December 14, 2012

  • Justin A.

    One of my favorite lectures yet. I feel energized and inspired.

    1 · December 14, 2012

  • Gregory K.

    excellent presenter with a perfect diction, high sense of humor, and knowledge of subject matter

    1 · December 14, 2012

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