Although not nearly as important as keeping our exams secure, I’ve found that some students in my CSP sections are looking at the teacher lesson plans at the start of class. I’m guessing more students are doing this than I realize…and why wouldn’t they be curious? I would if I were the student.
As you know, all of our lessons are publicly available, like this one:
Of course, we CSP teachers are not always going to follow the script (although that was recommended in training), but if we wanted to, even if only in part, students would be fully aware of what we might say or do well before it happens, which could compromise any number of “discovery opportunities” they might have otherwise been afforded. After all, the “Teaching Guide” shows all the prompts we’re supposed to provide, questions we’re supposed to ask, and the “Teacher Tips” that are designed to help us better strategize student learning.
I feel that this kind of undermines not only the lesson setup, but the instructional methodology as a whole. Now that this is becoming a “go to” for a number of my students, I’m going to have to work much harder (than I already do) to “mix things up” – there needs to be far less predictability…the element of surprise can be an essential part of the students’ learning process.
Anyhow, I’ve suggested to the Code.org team that teachers register to access these materials as well, but they haven’t yet responded. In the meanwhile, it might be something to keep in mind.