Does anyone have any updated pacing guides from last school year (2018-2019) for a full year, block schedule (~80 minute, every other day) class? I’ve taught the course for two years now and still struggle to fit everything in without students (and myself) feeling rushed.
Year 1 (17-18): I tried what was suggested at TeacherCon, teaching Units 1-2-4-ET, then 3-5-CT, but the second semester was dreadful for students who weren’t super “into” programming, as that is all that it was.
Year 2 (18-19): Taught in the traditional order, 1-2-3, 4-ET-5-CT. It was better, but students had to complete one coding lesson per day, which, in some cases, was not reasonable if they didn’t have previous knowledge.
I’m more worried because for this upcoming year, I recruited heavily, both inside and outside of our IT Academy, therefore I have a more diverse group of students with less programming in their backgrounds. I anticipate not being able to push the students as quickly through Unit 3 and Unit 5 as I have the previous two years, so any suggestions for pacing would help.
**I’m open to reordering units or cutting particular lessons that aren’t super critical to student success. At this point, any up-to-date guidance would help!