Hi, I'm Ben!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Ben is a veteran developer and teacher in Brooklyn. He's taught hundreds of people to program, helped foment a revolution (ask him sometime!), and makes a mean gumbo. His work has been published in the Harvard International Review and The Best of Make Magazine, and he is totally geeking out about the phenomenal talent of the teachers below. You can see even more of his eclectic interests at techno-social.com.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
Talk to parents first and get a sense of children's personality and needs. Set clear expectations at the beginning and during class, so students know what is specifically happening. Let students withdraw from participating for a while if they need to, and make them feel invited to come back whenever they want. Only raise my voice or offer ultimatums if behavior is consistently disruptive and more positive interactions consistently don't work.