Greenfoot and Object Oriented programming

April 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After a couple of frustrating sessions with Greenfoot, (a few weeks leading to spring break) I decided to take a step back and find out what was frustrating my students. Thinking about it, I understood that some concepts of object-oriented programming were bogging the students down.  So we (Rona, my student teacher & me) decided a different approach. Rona walked the students through the next tutorial. When a student got stuck, we asked students to raise their hand and we got them help (Rona, me or another student). When there was a concept that was new or a new terminology introduced, we stopped and I gave them a quick 5-10 minute lecture.  We did this for three days.

We might have had a break through. We will find out in the next few weeks as we come back from Spring break.  We did ask the students to design a simple class in Greenfoot from one of the programs available. We have not looked at all the projects but the few we did see were quite good.

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