What strategies / scaffolding have teachers used to help students to pair program? Have you found anything particularly effective? Anything to avoid?
- I haven’t been to a full CSD training.
- Before this school year, I taught high school science and CS. So my middle school pedagogical knowledge & practice are in their early stages.
- The students are 7th graders who only have 9 weeks of CS before switching to another exploratory. They do the first chapter of Unit 1 and then Unit 2. This 2nd quarter students are largely doing much better, but I haven’t figured out how to support students to actually pair program.
- Part of the challenge is that several students have high absenteeism, which makes pairs difficult to sustain when different teams move at different paces.