So, Chris and I decided to join forces and introduce our combined Calculus & Pre-Calculus classes to simple programming. I have almost zero knowledge about programming. So by "join forces", I really mean that he taught the class and I'm over here learning along with the students.
This was sort of a spur-of-the-moment interruption-to-your-regularly-scheduled-math-class-kind-of-activity. We have flexible schedules, so we decided to jump in and try it and I am so glad we did! I am feeling confident about doing this on my own in my other classes now.
I am sure this is all painfully simple to anyone who knows anything about programming, but it was mostly new to me. I wanted to document here for my future self. Maybe someone reading is like me and never thought you could do this sort of thing. You can! If you don't have a stellar student teacher to help you out like I did, just follow these steps.
Day 1 looked like this;
1. Distribute TI-83 calculators. Some kids had them already, we had enough for the rest to borrow.
2. Demonstrate the location of the PRGM button, the NEW tab, name a program, and locate all the commands within the program menu.
3. Demonstrate the ClrHome and Disp commands. Write a program to display the word "HELLO".
4. Demonstrate the Input command. Show students how to store a value, calculate and display a result. Write a program to request someone's age and tell them how old they'll be in 20 years. (I did not like my number).
We also did a pythagorean theorem program together.
5. Send them home with some programs to try:
*Write a program that asks the user for the year they were born, and then displays approximately how many years old they are.
*Write a program that asks the user for 2 x-coordinates and 2 y-coordinates and then finds the distance between the points.
It was a super fun day to be a
I am pumped for my next lesson!
Stay tuned for Day 2.