Option 1: We’ve provided pair programming as an example, but do you have any other strategies for encouraging students to either collaborate or explain their thinking/understanding in programming? Describe how you might structure an activity.
I will be moving to transition (foundation) this year and have really been thinking on how I can work with our youngest students to develop these skills. I have particularly enjoyed learning about flowcharts in this course and think it will be a great way to introduce unplugged activities with the students. I am planning on using flowcharts to teach new routines including going to the toilet unsupervised. I also loved the examples using Rosie’s Walk as this is one of our prescribed texts from previous years.
I will introduce the concepts of resilience when faced with setbacks by reading ‘Engibear’s Dream’ by Andrew King. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97QaXXU9yNQ It teachers students about the design process and how to manage failures. We will be using Bee Bots a lot this year. Initially I will model how to program them, as well as the thinking aloud process, using a flowchart. Then I will get students to work together in teams to program the Bee Bots to complete various tasks. We will start in rotation times so that I can support students to collaboratively create solutions and manage conflicts and failures. As students become more confident and familiar with the Bee Bots I will begin to set whole class challenges.
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