Teaching Programming at St. Perpetua School
This year I started teaching at a second private school, St. Perpetua School here in Lafayette, California. I’m teaching programming to the entire junior high (grades six through eight) of about 70 kids.
First Trimester Course
Some Things We’ve Learned
We’ve recently learned about the Cartesian coordinate system, and how we use x, y coordinate pairs to place graphics on our canvas. We have made points, lines, ellipses, and rectangles appear in various ways, and in many different colors. We’ve learned how our retinas are sensitive to red, green and blue light, and that’s why our TV and computer screens are made up of very small red, green and blue lights. I passed around a strong magnifying glass and had the students look at something white on their screen, and they saw that it really isn’t white. Perception!
Problem Solutions Videos
To help provide continuity, since I only see each student for one brief class period per week, I create videos explaining problem solutions. I encourage students and their parents to spend some time between classes watching, reading and coding. Time invested pays off!