Instructor Notes

General Notes

It’s all right not to get through the whole lesson.
This lesson is designed for people who have never programmed before, but any given class may include people with a wide range of prior experience. We have therefore included enough material to fill a full day if need be, but expect that many offerings will only get as far as the introduction to Pandas.
Don’t tell people to Google things.
One of the goals of this lesson is to help novices build a workable mental model of how programming works. Until they have that model, they will not know what to search for or how to recognize a helpful answer. Telling them to Google can also give the impression that we think their problem is trivial. (That said, if learners have done enough programming before to be past these issues, having them search for solutions online can help them solidify their understanding.) It’s also worth quoting Trevor King’s comment about online search: “If you find anything, other folks were confused enough to bother with a blog or Stack Overflow post, so it’s probably not trivial.”