TITLE: Unclear on the Concept AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: July 11, 2014 2:12 PM DESC: ----- BODY: I love the following passage from Dan Meyer. He is commenting on a survey reported here (scroll to the bottom of the page), in which math teachers were asked what the greatest limitations are on how they teach. 38.79% said, "students who are uninterested", and 23.56% said, "students who are disruptive". Says Meyer:
It's like reading a survey of firefighters in which, when asked about the greatest limitation on how they fight fires, 38.79% responded "all the fires" and 23.56% responded "being a first responder."
Students who are uninterested are part of the job. I don't know that we can make every student who walks into my classroom interested in CS. But I do know that we can teach CS in ways that lose the interest of too many students with the potential to succeed. Trust me; I've done it. Also, let's not blame the K-12 system for creating students who are predisposed to be uninterested and to lack curiosity. It does not matter if that is true or not. My job is to teach the students in my classroom, not some mythical students somewhere else. -----