Jumping with Joy at the Challenge of something New
Dev Bootcamp has a 60-day remote preparatory period that includes an assessment at the halfway mark. We use this assessment to gauge whether students are ready to start. Today I read a conversation between a student schedule to start May 13 and my co-founder Jesse Farmer. It’s a great example of why I’m thrilled to be a part of this venture.
Jesse: That was deliberate. :)
Dev Bootcamp isn’t run like a traditional school where you’re given a set of topics to learn and then given a test which covers precisely those topics and no others. We couldn’t do what we do if we ran it that way because a huge part of a programmer’s job is approaching problems they’ve never seen before.
Here’s Steve Wozniak, one of the co-founders of Apple, describing his work at Apple: “All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money and (b) not having done it before, ever. Every single thing that we came out with that was really great, I’d never once done that thing in my life.”
We don’t grade the assessment like a test. It’s not like each question is worth 10 points and if you don’t answer it, well, that’s -10 points. Our goal is to get a clear picture of how our students think and how they grapple with problems. When something alarms us it’s rarely because a student got it wrong, it’s because a student is thinking about the problem in a confused or unproductive way.
Hope that helps!