Re: [nycpython] Re: LPTHW Saturday class

From: Gloria W
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 12:26 PM
This message was a bit munged. I was typing it while drinking beers at 
PyCon and holding other conversations. I'll try to straighten out the 
details, and answer questions now that I've had strong caffeine.

This is a study group, not an official class.
Hiring managers and recruiters are not allowed to attend. This is for 
developers only.
People show up and divide into groups according to their skill and 
desired speed with which they wish to move through material.
One member wants to form a subgroup which is more focused, and moves at 
a faster pace, more like a class.
New people are always welcome. There will be a constant flow of people 
who come and go, disappear and reappear. Your goal as an attendee should 
be to find the group where you'd be most comfortable, and work with that 
We need event hosts (organizers) who will show up on a regular basis. 
Contact me to be listed as an event host.

If you have other questions, send them to me offline, and I'll propagate 
high frequency questions and answers up to the group.

Thanks again,


> Hi all,
> This class is moving to AlleyNYC starting Saturday 3/23.
> I've had several people state that hosts (event organizers) aren't 
> showing regularly. So I've taken everyone off except two. If you wish 
> to continue to host, you should contact me once again, and I'll  add you.
> I want to state some other important practices as well:
> - When teaching someone else, try not to type form them. Tell them 
> what to type instead.
> - If you're guiding a group, continually ask if people are comfortable 
> with what you're doing. Tell them you plan on moving fast/slow, and 
> what ypu plan on covering. Continually find out if people are 
> uncomfortable with your technique, and encourage them to switch groups 
> if it's not right for them.
> The Saturday group is going well. I recommend not trying to enforce 
> too much structure in one direction. This will destroy the flow of 
> others moving at different rates.
> Saturday attendees: If you've recently been discouraged by too much 
> structure in a way that didn't work for you, please return/keep 
> coming. We're fixing this. Feel free to speak up if you are present 
> and you feel as if things aren't going as you think they should write 
> to me personally if you're not comfortable stating this publicly. This 
> Saturday meetup is for you, and you should feel free to guide/shape 
> your subgroup in ways that will help you.
> I am still working on getting CodeAcademy to offer in-person space for 
> taking courses. In the interim, if your Saturday subgroup votes to 
> switch to CodeAcademy, go for it.
> Thank you,
> Gloria
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