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New classes

Finally they told me yesterday which classes I will be teaching starting Monday next week. It will be a grade 6 class in math and a grade 9 and grade 11 in computer science. I was hoping I would only get one computer science and two math classes, because computer science is a lot more to prepare. But I guess I have to start with it one time anyway, so better now than later. The thing is that there are no school books for grade 9 computer science. So basically I have to make up everything myself. I already know the students from the computer science classes from observing them during the last half year (in grade 11 I also taught a few lessons myself). So my plan in grade 9 is to do an introduction to programming using Robot Karol , which is a german 3D version of Karel the Robot. Right now I'm writing a script with the basic concepts in student appropriate language (there is a handbook, but it's too complex for beginners). And I'm thinking about fun and interesting exercises. If anybody has worked with Karel and has some ideas, please let me know...
Grade 11 will be a bit more difficult, they have a book there, but I don't like it. And the students always forget EVERYTHING they have learned in previous lessons. It's unbelievable! And not very good if you want to learn how to program (Delphi, in this case). So right now I don't have a great idea yet how to get them to understand at least the basic concepts of programming.

And about the grade 6 math class - I'm excited to see them the first time tomorrow. This week I still have some time to observe, next week it will be my turn to teach. Usually grade 6 is the age when the little cute kids start to turn into little nasty bastards. But luckily it's only the start, the worst is grade 7 in my opinion.

And there will be even more seminars than last semester, yikes.
So here we go.
30.1.07 09:42

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KT / Website (1.2.07 07:07)
I just started back again today, two science 10 honours and a biology 11 class. my voice was so tired!! i'm tired.... this teaching thing is HARD.

Martin / Website (6.2.07 14:55)
mmhhh... very hard time!! but its 5 days ago... after all this u are probably bored now and dont know how to waste ur time... :-p but this robot karol stuff seems to be nice, i already wrote a program for u and ur hard days:
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cloudy / Website (6.2.07 18:27)
@Kate: I agree, this teaching thing IS hard. Have no voice either...

@Martin: Karol is neat, isn't it?! I like it!! And I really enjoy teaching with it. And I even like the preparation, oddly enough. But I'm sorry, your little program doesn't run, it's syntactically incorrect And semantically it doesnt make a lot of sense either... But still - nice try!

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