My students are brilliant _and_ having fun! =)
I’ve gotten e-mail from students along the lines of “I was thinking in
the shower when…” – they’re thinking about CS outside the classroom,
and they’ve come up with pretty creative ways to do things. Martin
Gomez told me that he was having lunch near their block and he heard
them talking about CS – over lunch! Wow! They were talking about
arrays, poring over source code, animatedly swapping ideas… Some are
even asking how to make programs that make other programs – cool! I
think I can introduce files early as an extra topic. Note to self:
write tutorials over weekend.
Gosh, they’re more advanced than I was when I was in first year, and
enthusiasm’s contagious. =) I’ll do my best to help them reach their
potential while still making sure they don’t overlook any of the
basics. I plan to give them self-review assignments and tests. Yatta!