Help me give my students a chance to practice programming skills with Spheros while having fun doing so. This will stretch my student's thinking and problem solving skills while working together in teams and seeing immediate results.
We are in a neighborhood with a shrinking student population. About half of the students in my classroom are on a permit, meaning that they choose to attend our school.
The students in my classroom work hard to be cooperative learners.
I have a diverse classroom with students representing many different backgrounds. I have a student who moved from Mexico recently and speaks very little English. The other EL students that I have, help him as well as the other students who want him to be successful.
I try to find ways to help all of my students engage in their own learning and on a level which will be most beneficial to them. It can be through group work, drama, tracking their own progress and movement or computer-based learning activities. This can be a challenge but it is so rewarding when it works.
I would love to give my students the chance to interact with a hands-on programming device. Students would have the chance to work in groups and individually to program their Sphero to complete courses and other activities designed by them and the teacher. This would be such a motivating tool to get students excited about programming/learning.
Engaging students in a hands-on way is a goal that is important to me.
Watching students get excited about learning is such a pay-off. Most of the time, students don't even realize that they are learning when involved in such activities.
I love the idea that students will be able to troubleshoot immediately as they watch their Sphero try and complete the task that they set out to accomplish. There is no better way to help students learn than with "real-life" applications.
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