[plt-scheme] Re: Poacher turned gamekeeper

From: Todd O'Bryan (toddobryan at gmail.com)
Date: Mon Nov 9 21:01:51 EST 2009

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 8:53 PM, Shriram Krishnamurthi <sk at cs.brown.edu> wrote:
>> They are a captive audience. They do not have the option of dropping
>> the course.
> Then don't be hostile.  You will already face a little resentment for
> doing things non-traditionally.  Show them instead why it's better.
> After showing them animations with World, show them that you have
> already introduced them to what is generally considered an "advanced
> software engineering" topic (MVC, for us) in week 1.

I can recommend Stephen's Picturing Programs very highly. It's only my
first time using it and there are a few things I'd tweek (move faster,
spend more time on, skip), but that's true of any book.

What I love is that my students are already creating animations and
they're almost crying out for structures so they can make their
animations more complicated. When we get there, very soon, they'll
already have ideas what they can use them for.


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