U4 Day 5-6: PD Discussion Topic


#1

U4 Day 5-6: PD Discussion Topic


#2

Differentiating between absolute and relative motion can be quite a confusing concept at first but when you act it out it can be very easy to understand. Go to means you go to a specific point while move means to move from where you currently are.

For students who are taking or have taken geometry it is a good chance to access prior knowledge about coordinates and play a coordinate game with the students so they understand that go to specifies a point while move is a translation of the character.


#3

Using the students to model the block movements would be neat, but playing a game of baseball in class would be more fun.


#4

How would acting out the three moving blocks be helpful for students who might not pick up on the differences in the blocks?

Each actor in the performance is a discrete person, so a discrete action program would be needed.

What other strategies could you do with this lesson to help level the playing field for all students?

Have students describe the motions of a 2nd person using words and then deconstruct the motion(s) in to discrete commands.


#5

I think acting it out as a mystery could help check for understanding. I could give each student a “command” and see if other students could figure it out. Might be tricky and would have to set up some rules for what each block command could look like.


#6

Just like when I taught programming, using Alice, act it out. Have the students actually physically practice the movement and then think about it.


#7

Besides clarifying movement, acting it out can help students to understand iteration/looping.


#8

I used some of the assessments for the students mid-term. :smiley: