When a student had issues with a homework assignment I have found that the best way to help them was to comment their code. When I would sit down next to a student and work with them, I didn’t always get the feeling that they understood what I was trying to tell them. Sometimes I got the feeling that the student not only wanted their errors pointed out to them but they also wanted them solved. Commenting their code allows the student to see where they are going wrong and what they should do without me actually doing it for them. For example, if someone’s CSS rules were not being applied to their HTML page because their link statement included a misspelling of the stylesheet name, I would comment the link statement with something like “your stylesheet’s name is Homework1.css.”
Overall, the experience as TA was incredible. Katy DeCorah is an excellent teacher and really connects with her students. She makes Web Development fun, friendly and facilitates creativity. The students of this semester definitely walked away with a lot of HTML/CSS knowledge. Their final presentations of their own websites demonstrated to me that they are capable of making fully functional websites for real-world clients. Some of the students actually made their final project for a real-world client. I hope that the students of IIST361 become more interested in web development or coding in general because every business today can use employees with good coding skills. If I had more semesters here at Albany, I would definitely be a TA again.