At the beginning of a web development course, do not allow students to copy and paste the HTML tags so they can learn what needs to go into a document.

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  • Have students type out all the different HTML tags you go over on the first day so they have a chance to reinforce what HTML is.
  • When it comes to CSS, provide students with a css file with the code commented out, then line by line comment back in what is needed to explain each new technique or concept.
    • Small typos in CSS often go over their head at first which causes them to waste too much time trying to fix typos when they could be spending that time grasping the concepts.
    • By uncommenting a line at a time, students can see line-by-line what changes take place.

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