As mentioned before, I'm teaching programming again, to a group of beginners :) (Although as usual, even in a group of complete beginners there are variations in people's levels and comfort with the subject.)
I'm really happy with how the PR worked out this time. The first time I taught this course in Tog, I made the mistake of putting "Python" in the name of the course and ended up wasting a lot of time screening out people who wouldn't be a good fit. This time I only mentioned it in passing, and the amount and type of answers I got was much more manageable and appropriate. We still managed to fill up the course and to have a waiting list (hope to see you next time!), so it's a success. I'm pasting the announcement here for future reference:
A fair percentage of the students heard about the course from Twitter even though I'm not on it, which is interesting. I should explore how to use the tool better. As I mostly hang out with fellow nerds, reaching out to interested beginners is always tough, so anything that can help...
The pace of the course is manageable as well -- which doesn't mean preparing and teaching isn't time-consuming still! But I felt quite burnt out last time after the pace at which I taught the PhD students (mostly through my own fault), so it's refreshing to come back to teaching pure beginners and not go crazy from week 2.
Surprisingly enough and to my utter delight, a huge portion of the students took on the exercises as homework! I'm so happy when I get questions about the exercises or lessons via email, to see people interested enough to poke at problems outside of the classroom. If we keep it up we should be able to cover more as well, which will be interesting for everyone.