These are the questions for this weeks P2PU class
- Who are you trying to help?
D. Rillin Kill Age: 6 (going on 16)
Always wants to know why. Finds the worksheets and seemingly arbitrary rules boring. She does not understand math and why we invert and multiply. Enjoys drawing and chatting with friends. Likes games and puzzles. Her friend Sadie is home schooled and she wonders if that would work for here too, but her Mom worries about where she will get the material and books to teach her.
Grandma Moses is concerned about her grandkids: Bela Bartok who loves music and composing, Ira Caull who loves storytelling and animation and her grandson Horatio Algebra (location unknown, but could be any number of places) who really likes math. Her village just received a bunch of these new fangled laptops and she is wondering how her kids can use them to learn and better their lives.
I.M. Shirley Wright is a teacher. He is bright and likes to be the one who knows everything. He now has to adjust to these computers in the classroom, which he has never used before and kids seem to learn faster than he does. His main fear is that the kids will find out his middle name is Shirley and make fun of him. He prefers they call him Mr. Wright.
What will they be able to do (or do better)
after learning what you're trying to teach them?
What I want them to learn depends on what I am teaching, but in general I strive for these three habits of mind:
- Learn to test their ideas (and the ideas of others)
- Get in the habit of reflection
- To know (or at least try) things multiple ways
Now Greg asked us to be specific and to describe "the simplest task they care about." I agree whole heartedly that kids learn best when its about something that matters to them. The challenge is how can you teach something that matters to a class of 20 to 30 kids? Perhaps some kind of self selecting set of options where kids learn programming concepts around different topics (art, music, stories and games) or one class where the different topics are taught and then during the class kids will have an opportunity to work on what matters to them. The Scratch Curriculum Guide Draft seems to take the latter approach. I also like that the guide has "Reflecting" sections in each lesson. I have not used this Guide to teach a class yet, but will try to do so some time this year.