Pair programming online only classrooms 8th grade

Please suggest how teachers should create pairs for online classrooms:
With middle school students experiencing and displaying melaise, I am not hearing from everyone.

Considering this and how much is dependent on shared work when coding should partners be assigned or should students choose amongst those who do participate in assignments. Also include best practices for sharing their attempts with each other

Hi @jhenry! First, welcome to the forum! The question you ask is a good one. I am currently using this curriculum with 7th graders and malaise is probably the best descriptor for what I’m seeing as well. My classes are taught asynchronously using videos. That being said, I chose to make the paired programming optional. I encouraged students to connect using Google Meet, but few took me up on the offer. If you are able to teach in real time with students, using something like Zoom where you could put students into groups to work, then you might go ahead an assign partners. Otherwise, I’m not sure that the pair programming translates well to fully online teaching. This is fully my opinion & I would love to hear from others about how they are tackling similar problems. Stay healthy!

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