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Your course seems a bit hard. ;) Realy it depends on the students you will have. If you have 12 year olds who signed up for the class optionaly then maybe your course is perfect. I would recommend having an example script of each step that your young programmers can work from. Maybe printed exampls so that they have to at least type them. I think the hardest part with any new programmer is teaching the logical portion. Perhaps with your course you would have a flowchart-ish description of the days goal. Then your sample code could have that exact description embeded in it as comments in the correct spots. This would allow you to reinforce the logic aspect and still give everyone a chance. The advanced students will ignore or embelish your code, the lower ones will get the crutch they need. You probably also want to schedule time or a few days to let people catch up and get personal attention plus advanced students would get time to explore beyond your lesson plan.

One last note, if you do use Tk maybe prebuild a library (call it a game library or something) that does lots of the work for them. Depending on the skills they have  use GameLib;  my $name = get("What is your name?"); is lots easier and more bang for there buck.

Final side note: I learned programming in the back of my 6th grade class with basic and logo. The teacher realized I got more out of that then the math she was teaching (which in 6th grade is pretty low stuff) and figured i was less of a distraction back there than bugging her with questions during her lesson. ;)

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In reply to Re: Teaching Children How to Program by eric256
in thread Teaching Children How to Program by Sandy

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