Due to the modified Quarter/Block schedule our school has implemented to facilitate distance learning, I am teaching all of the coding units and the Create PT during Q1, and I’ll be doing the non-coding units during Q3 when I see students again. I am under a lot of time constraints (instructional minutes are basically half of a typical year), so I’m looking for anything that I can cut in Q1 so students can have their required 12 hours of work time before the quarter ends. I plan to come back to cover these topics in Q3. I’m skipping the unplugged Algorithms Unit 6 in Q1, and looking at the scoring guide for the Create PT I am considering cutting out the libraries lessons and project from Unit 7 so that I can give them more time to work on the Hackathon Project from Unit 5 which seems more aligned to the Create PT (and more fun/engaging for the students).
As long as students can use lists & loops (Unit 5), and parameters (unit 7), they should have the skills required for the Create PT. Am I missing something? Does this seem like it can work? Looking for a thought partner. Thanks!