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Prepared a guide for coaches #54

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Alja Isakovic
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I created a new guide for coaches that want to know more about what's expected of them at the workshop. I haven't linked to it from anywhere, so please do take a look if you find it useful and add your own tips, of course.

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Added more specifics to the required (recommended) number of coaches, as this question seems to pop up a lot in the group.

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    Added a new guide for coaches

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Anyone. What we look for is a group of people dedicated in making this a stellar first experience in the world of web making for girls. What we hope to see is some (not all) of the following:
-* Contacts to the local developer scene. We are pretty technology agnostic, so it doesn’t have to be purely Ruby & Rails people. In practice every event needs 5 or more coaches that have basic knowledge of Rails and two days to contribute. In general the events have been around 25 - 40 people strong.
+* Contacts to the local developer scene. We are pretty technology agnostic, so it doesn’t have to be purely Ruby & Rails people. In practice every event needs 5 or more coaches (the number of coaches depends on the number of girls you're planning to accept) that have basic knowledge of Rails and two days to contribute. In general the events have been around 25 - 40 people strong.
* Event organisation know-how. Not heaps, but some practicalities under the belt.
* An inkling of an idea where to look for girls interested in technology. University, literature, arts, sports - we try to look for people who are interested in Internet, but do not have experience in coding.
* Willingness to guide the girls in the future if they have questions or want to organize their own events or find local developer gatherings.
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#### What is expected from the coaches?
-Rails Girls events are organized around small groups, ideally maximum of 4-5 persons per one coach. The coaches don’t need to be hardcore experts on Rails - basic knowledge and willingness to explain trumps expertise. We are looking for people who like answering questions and can keep an upbeat and positive atmosphere through a period of 8 hours!
+Rails Girls events are organized around small groups, maximum of 4-5 persons per one coach. If possible, try to have groups of 3 girls for each coach. For instance, if you're doing an even for 30 girls, aim for having 10 coaches (a few more for backup don't hurt). We know this isn't always possible, but do try not to have groups of more than 5 girls, so the coach can still answer all questions in the group.
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+The coaches don’t need to be hardcore experts on Rails - basic knowledge and willingness to explain trumps expertise. So, if your local Rails community isn't very strong, do expand your search. You can have a mix of Rails experts and people with web development expertise in other frameworks. We are looking for people who like answering questions and can keep an upbeat and positive atmosphere through a period of 8 hours!
You can get to know the curriculum by checking out [guides.railsgirls.com/app](http://guides.railsgirls.com/app). There is also always a pre-event coach dinner where we’ll go through some pedagogical suggestions and check everyone knows what is happening. Avoid jargon, tie examples to what your doing, encourage asking questions. The installation instructions can be found at [guides.railsgirls.com/install](http://guides.railsgirls.com/install). We also understand that coaches are human and that for most of the people this is the first time teaching something. Worry not - the girls have always been really happy with whatever they learn and just the chance to ask questions is enough.
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+---
+layout: default
+title: Guides
+permalink: coach
+---
+
+# Being a Rails Girls coach
+
+*All your basic questions answered in one place*
+
+### What do I need to be a Rails Girls coach?
+
+So, you've heard about [Rails Girls](http://railsgirls.com) and are wondering if you've got what it takes to be a coach at one of the workshops? That's awesome! Your interest in helping beginners dip their toes into web programming is already a great prerequisite! What else do you need?
+
+- Patience, willingness to help, and a friendly attitude :)
+- Being able to answer all sorts of questions in a beginner friendly way (even if the explanation isn't *technically* completely exact) throughout the duration of the workshop.
+- Experience with web programming (you know what MVC means, right?), not necessarily in Rails.
+- Some time to go through the [basic app tutorial][app] before the event.
+
+### Why should I be a Rails Girls coach?
+
+You mean besides incredibly good karma? Here are some very likely outcomes:
+
+- You'll meet interesting new people outside your usual developer group.
+- You'll probably learn something new by answering questions you never thought of asking yourself.
+- Eternal gratitude from your group of girls and the Rails Girls community.
+- An epic [\#FridayHug](http://fridayhug.com) like you've never seen before.
+- You'll help break down stereotypes about women not being interested in technology and programming and thus help your sisters, female friends and relatives, (future) daughters have more choices in their future. And you can add all that on your CV!
+
+### What if I've never done anything in Rails?
+
+Why haven't you yet? Just kidding. That's not a problem at all, we've had a lot of coaches just like you and they were *super awesome*. As long as you're comfortable with any other similar framework, you'll be fine. Take a look at the [basic app guide][app] and you'll probably be able to figure out what's going on pretty soon. Pay attention to the "**Coach**" bits that tell you what you should be able to explain.
+
+Usually there'll be at least somebody at the event who works with Rails on a regular basis, so don't be afraid to ask for help when bundle installs go all weird on you. Also, if you come across something unusual, just Google it with your group! It's ok to admit that you don't know everything and show the girls how you use Google to solve your everyday programming dilemmas.
+
+### What exactly will I be doing as a coach?
+
+The structure of workshop varies a bit from city to city, so your local organizer group will be able you to guide you through the details. Usually there's a pre-event meeting or dinner with coaches where you can ask all you questions.
+
+#### Installation Party
+
+Generally speaking, the Rails Girls workshops begin with an Installation party during which you'll be asked to help girls [install the required software][install] (Rails and a text editor). You don't have to be an expert on all operating systems, but you can help on those you are familiar with.
+
+#### Helping girls build their first app
+
+During the following day, you will be the star of the show and help your group of anywhere from 2 to 5 girls build their first [web app][app] in Rails with the help of the tutorial. Usually that happens just after the initial batch of lectures sometime after 11 AM (aka they'll serve you coffee first).
+
+Going through the tutorial on your own at home will usually be all the preparation you need. The girls will have the app guide open on their screens, so just guide them through the process, providing explanations of what's going on at each step. The explanations shouldn't be highly technical; try to simplify the answer by providing easy to remember metaphors. And remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question at a Rails Girls workshop! Let girls know they can ask you about anything along the way; you can spend more time on parts they find more interesting.
+
+Also, don't be discouraged if you'll sometimes need to try a few different explanations. Most girls will be beginners, so they won't have many existing points of reference (bonus point: nor will they have any bad habits some programmers tend to pick up along the way). If you get to the end of the basic app tutorial, you can explore additional guides at the end or work on whatever your group is most interested in; design is usually a popular choice, but some girls will want to try building another app. You can also prepare your own challenges for girls or explore helpful resources (documentation etc).
+
+If you need help with anything, don't be afraid to use Google or ask another coach to help you out. And don't be afraid to ask for a break if you need it, it's going to be a long day, but we can promise you'll get home with a big smile and a warm heart :)
+
+### Are you in?
+
+Good, we're happy to have you on board! Get in touch with organizers of your local event (if you aren't already) and they'll answer all the other questions you might have. You can usually find their contact info on the event's page.
+
+If you're traveling abroad at the time of a Rails Girls workshop, do feel free to contact the organizers of the city you'll be visiting; we're always happy to welcome additional coaches! Not to mention that a Rails Girls workshop is a great excuse to visit a new city ;)
+
+Some other great first-hand tips from Rails Girls coaches:
+
+- [4 lessons learned from teaching at Rails Girls Berlin](http://pragtob.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/4-lessons-learned-from-teaching-at-rails-girls-berlin/)
+- [I infiltrated #railsgirlslj, here’s what it was like](http://swizec.com/blog/i-infiltrated-railsgirlsj-heres-what-it-was-like/swizec/5717)
+
+[app]: http://guides.railsgirls.com/app
+[install]: http://guides.railsgirls.com/install/
+
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