Written by volunteer writer Alison Perch
Sanjana is passionate about technology and reads magazines to keep up with the latest trends. She frequently uses her phone and computer to complete schoolwork, and she appreciates how tech can make life easier and more fun.
As a first-time TA, Sanjana enjoyed watching the girls dive enthusiastically into new material. Her favorite part of the workshop was witnessing “light bulb” moments, when students had sudden epiphanies and sparks of understanding.
“I loved seeing their faces when the instructor would type something in and hit run, and a pop up would print out. They just found it so fascinating, and I was so happy to see that they learned something from the lesson,” Sanjana notes.
Sanjana emphasizes that patience is key, since people learn at different rates. She found that fully explaining a concept — and then allowing students to put it into practice — was more effective than a mix of explanation and hands-on work. In retrospect, she would have created breakout rooms to individually address the girls’ questions, instead of using one chat box for 30+ students.
Overall, Sanjana’s first experience as a TechGirlz TA was a positive one. She admired students’ creativity and inventiveness, especially during an introductory segment of the lesson, which involved drawing on a virtual whiteboard.
“[Students] came in with so many ideas and were just so full of energy and very creative. They asked a lot of questions, which I was happy about, since they weren’t afraid to ask their concerns or ask us to clear up the information that was being screenshared. They also enjoyed doing the final project and putting all the new skills they had just learned to use,” Sanjana says.