The Teaching Agency

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few years about the master/apprentice model and how that applies to the web industry. I’m happy to see that people like Christopher Murphy are bringing the concept up at conferences now. While in general I think education in our industry is becoming a subject of many discussions too.

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Obviously

It’s an easy mistake to make. The language we use when we teach others has an incredible effect on the way the information is received. Using phrases like “This simple method…”, “Just try X”, or “Obviously you would…”, can instead of making the concept seem more accessible to the audience, have the opposite effect, actually leaving them more frustrated and feeling stupid. As educators that’s the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve.

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A month without caffeine

Towards the end of October I attended and spoke at the MKGN Mental Help event, as part of the inaugural Geek Mental Help week. The evening was fantastic, full of extremely brave and honest talks about mental health related subjects. The reason for this post is that one talk in particular from Cole Henley made me think […]

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Working with an old codebase

Just recently I’ve reached 1 year of working on the same project at the agency I work for. This is pretty unheard of. Agencies are usually the ones that work on short-lived projects. It’s in and out as quickly as we can manage then on to the next one. Usually. This project was slightly different. […]

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Being selfish

For any of you that know me, have seen me speak, or read some of my previous posts on here, you may have noticed that I tend to work a lot. Mostly because I enjoy doing it. Whether it’s coding, writing, organising events, these are things that make me happy so it’s no surprise that I want to do […]

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