I am just coming into day two of teaching the Programming I course. This course should be a real challenge, there are 21 students!!!  That is by 6 the most I have ever had in this course.  My project management course had 28, but that requires less one on one interaction.

By the way, one of the things I love about teaching the University of Phoenix online courses is that I have students who live in places ranging from the northwest, CA, across the USA, the east cost and even Guam (actually 2 of them who found out they know each other and live there but didn't know they were attending the U of Phx!).

Anyway, in the first few days the main gaol is to get everyone to the same level. This involves getting everyone with the same JDK installed,downloading a text editor and getting their first app running. For a text editor I recommend JGrasp but don't enforce it.  The next step they need to create a program that prints their name or the proverbial "Hello World" just to show they have everything installed.  The students, though generally very experienced in their careers, quite possibly have not had a lot of experience programming.  Most have done one other programming course in C at this point.  Therefore some get frustrated when they cannot get their programs working.  This is 99% of the time 1 of 2 problems. 

1) They did not name their public class the same as their Java file.

2) They had something in lower case or at least the wrong case.  For instance system.out.println instead of System.out.println. 

You can imagine this becomes very frustrating when you first start out.  Therefore I have always recommended when you reach the boiling point to walk away and do something else for awhile or at least go away and write it down on paper.  This always worked for me and seems to be a great method to see the "forest through the trees".

Therefore I was really happy to see this entry on the Hacknot.info website.  Especially the portion with the text Take A Break as this was almost word for word what I tell my students.   

What other useful hints do people have that I could pass on to my students? 

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