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Jul 26

Computational thinking is an excellent way to solve problems by breaking complex problems down into small units. Recognizing patterns and discovering underlying principles, and reading algorithms to solve problems. Thus, computational skills are essential in the classroom as a foundational skill for students.

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Jul 26

Algorithms are used not only by technology but also by humans.Every action we take that involves a series of tasks is an algorithm. Brushing one’s teeth is an example of a human algorithm other than a recipe. Picking your brush, putting toothpaste on your brush, brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth, and wiping your mouth are some of them.

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Jul 26

An algorithm is everywhere and is a set of step-by-step instructions that must be followed in the correct order to produce a useful result.

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Jul 26

Algorithms can be described as daily activities in our everyday life. For example, every morning I have to calculate my time wisely in order to be able to make it to work on time. I set my alarm at 6:30 and have 45 minutes to get ready because the bus usually arrives at the nearest bus stop around 7:15. Once in the bus I stop by a diner to buy some coffee and walk to work. A way we use algorithms when we teach is through daily routines. In order for daily routines to run smoothly in a classroom, everything is scheduled at a certain time throughout the day. This way students are not lost , are well prepared, and know what to expect in the classroom.

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Jul 26

Scratch is a great way to teach children how to code. I agree with Mr.Resnick on how scratch enables children to be creative by making mothers’ day cards for their moms.
With scratch, children are able to explore their curiosity.

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Jul 26

It is our job as educators to help make connections to the real world so that our lessons can life off the page through a student’s aspirations and goals rather than through them feeling this is “busy work”.

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Jul 26

I do agree that interacting with technology is a lot more common amongst children because it poses less of a challenge. However, I do believe that children have learned to acclimate to the challenges that creating content has and have taken the challenge head on. Certain platforms like TikTok and YouTube have allowed students to take on a more active role as a content creater and not simply just a spectators or viewers.

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Jul 26

I was able to create projects and other people from other countries commented on my project and we were able to do other p]]SCratch projects together, especially in biology. I can say that Scratch has so many options that students too can be very creative.

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Jul 26

In the classroom, depending on the teacher the algorithm is enter the classroom, go to your desk , remove items from your back pack, go to cubby (or alternate location) hang up back pack and coat if you have one, return to seat, start morning independent work. Going to the grocery store would be write list, forget list on kitchen table, walk to car, start car, put in reverse, leave driveway, put car in drive right turn, right turn, straight for 7 blocks, right turn, left into store parking lot, park, lock doors, walk to store, grab a wipe, wipe cart, throw out wipe, enter store, realize I don’t have my list, decide I don’t need one, walk around store picking up some items on the list and many not on the list, go to check out, hand cashier my discount card, put items and bags on conveyor, remove packed bags and put in shopping cart, walk to car, up pack bags into trunk, put cart back, get back in car, start car….you get the point…..

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Jul 26

To execute the program you need to press the space key. The intended outcome, I believe is for the sprite to do a complete flip and land back in it’s original position

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Jul 25

The space key must be pressed.

I think it is to walk in a circle and return to the original starting point.

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Jul 25

For my partner, making coffee in the aeropress is an algorithm triggered by waking up in the morning and must be executed before anything else can be done.
1. Walk in kitchen
2. Flip on electric kettle.
3. Flip on grinder.
4. Put 2 equals in cup.
5. Pour coffee grinds into aeropress.
6. Pour hot water over grinds and let steep.
7. Take half & half out of fridge.
8. Pour several tablespoons half & half into cup.
9. Pour Microwave cup with equal & half and half for 45 seconds.
10. Stir water and coffee grinds.
11. Place filter and lid on aeropress.
12. Flip aeropress over cup and press down to extract coffee.

A fire drill would be an algorithm used in a school. I couldn’t break down the steps right now though.

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Jul 24

I agree with the statement you made about how we need to listen to others even if we do not agree with them. Everyone deserves to be heard. Effective listening makes it possible to get clear messages across and avoid any misunderstandings.

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Jul 24

I can relate to this sentence because this happens with my 14 year old son. During parent teacher conference, his teachers always speak highly about his participation in class but that he falls behind when it comes to completing assignments in class. To them it seems that he is always in a rush to complete an assignment when he has trouble understanding what it is asking. I believe that there are students who need extra support from teachers. Assignments should be broken down for them and teachers should encourage students to ask questions when they don’t understand something.

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Jul 24

It took me years to realize that it is never too late to pursue a career. I had to push myself out of the hole I was stuck in and work towards what I really want in life and that is to become an educator. No one but you can take the steps necessary to get to where you want. Here I am today continuing my education and so close to the end.

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Jul 24

Percussion is VERY different than someone that only plays the drums. There is a common misconception that percussion is only drums.

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Jul 23

The main take away that I got from reading this article is that there doesn’t have to be rules pinned on the students all the time. This teacher created a classroom of principles as opposed to rules. He chose to put the focus on the conditions for learning rather than trying to control student behavior. Trying to constantly control and monitor student behavior takes away from valuable class and instruction time. This seems like a philosophy that could quite possibly work very well! It also promotes a positive classroom atmosphere, which is more along the longs of my teaching style.

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Jul 23

I absolutely love this as one of the main classroom rules. I have never heard of this being included as a classroom rule before. It is a rule that is imbedded with positive reinforcement. Learning is new for every student. They have been learning things before but will always be introduced to something new. Sometimes learning can be scary and intimidating for students and, as teachers, we rarely take that into consideration. It is an act of courage to have the openness to learn something new, and apply it within our lives. I love this type of guideline/principle and will definitely be utilizing it in my future classroom.

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Jul 23

“Meaning Business” means that it will take the entire being of the teacher to accomplish their goals for their students and classroom. It will require energy mentally, emotionally and physically. The author of this article explains the aspects of meaning business as it pertains to these different categories of ourselves. As teachers we have to constantly and consistently find and maintain that balance.

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Jul 23

I had to read this sentence a few times over. This was such a powerful point. I am a beginning elementary teacher, but I have also been an early educator for 10+ years now. I used to believe that my passion for education and love for my students would create such a strong bond that my students would listen to me and respect me. However, this was not how my experience teaching in schools played out. This above sentence states that you will need BOTH love and skill. Love without expertise is powerless. Love without experience can be powerless as well. It is important to have find a healthy balance when implementing both love and skill in promoting a positive classroom atmosphere.

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