Teaching Kids to Program (or Don’t Try to Teach 8-Year-Olds Java Subclassing)

Here’s a nice article called Teaching Kids to Program (or Don’t Try to Teach 8-Year-Olds Java Subclassing) featuring Nathan Torkington who taught children programming in a New Zealand school.

Again there’s a strong message of just getting stuck in but also some good recommendations for starting out:

  • Lectures don’t work – short and sweet then let them get on and explore
  • They don’t have math skills
  • Girls are more advanced
  • Most kids can’t type
  • Follow their interests
  • Help them to maintain their attention

As you can see I’ve bolded the bit about typing, ignore this at your peril!