11 students, 9-12th Grades with little experience in CS.
U3L04 - Parameters and Randomization - New Curriculum Map
This is the point in which students got confused, mostly because they aren’t great at reading directions. MOST questions that students had on this lesson could’ve been answered if they read the directions on top and even stopped the class twice to redirect them. This is where my competitive class becomes a curse to slow down and not just try to finish puzzles.
With that said, the Maps are key - I instructed my entire class to “Command Click” and open each of the maps in a separate tab so they could refer back to it often (same with the previous lesson, but I found that helpful to students after the fact, this time I prompted from the beginning).
For the most part student could follow along in puzzles 1-8 before the Random Numbers were introduced. This doesn’t seem connected to the simple shapes they were creating before and I would suggest (as I will probably try next time I teach this) is working with the variables lesson first to have more control and a better understand of the x, y, w, h before calling random numbers. Overall didn’t feel like my students understood the ability to manipulate x, y, w, h before calling random numbers, and when they finished the code and completed the level - a few couldn’t explain to me why it was correct.