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Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy

This is just what I needed to read. A level headed approach to learning to code. Yes I have felt the fustration, the bordom, the perplexity of learning code. I really appreciate this post becasue Ray understands the process, and the coders’ secret (surfing google till you find the code, then copy and paste, which I too am quite guilty of but enjoy none the less.)
Also the best advice: follow the tutortial. This too is something I need to adopt becasue one book of Java I was reading was to write code for a determining the sale price of an item, which to me was understandable, but quite boring in terms of content. It was not enticing enough for me to write as a program. Probably the best thing to do is either find a more enaging tutorial or like Ray suggests, just go though the motions even though you don’t understand it. Sometimes the process, once completed, provides insights that would never have occured if you avoid the process.
Anyway click the link and read on….
Thank you Kate Ray for the suggestions, and the mental support!

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Editor’s note: Kate Ray is the technical cofounder of scroll kit, a visual webpage creation tool that was recently acquired by WordPress.com. 

One of the most dangerous things I’ve seen happen to people who are just starting to code is being told that it’s easy.

Here’s what your brain does:

rage-programming2 Drawing by me. (I am better at coding than drawing.)

Most programming doesn’t require a special brain, but it’s more frustrating and messier than anyone lets on. There are thousands of enthusiastic blog posts, classes and apps that aim to entice you with the promise of a slick, unequivocal procedure for learning to code. They rarely mention the tedium of getting your environment set up (which, trust me, even the nicest of your programmer friends don’t want to help you with, because that stuff is mad frustrating and nobody remembers how they did it).

They don’t tell you that a lot…

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QuizBean | Quickly Create Online Quizzes For Free

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QuizBean is the easiest way to create and share online quizzes with your friends. It’s totally free, so what are you waiting for? Make your first quiz!

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9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

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When I worked in a public school in Japan, I remember how the students would make the front page of a newspaper to tell about their school trip to Kyoto, or other events. Now your students can go from analog to digital.

I am pretty sure as you introduce the idea to your students everyone will want to have a say in their next e-magazine. There is nothing much more rewarding to students then to have a proof of their hard work recognized in a publication of some sort.

Most of the tools cited here are easy to use and have user-friendly interface and they will let you create your own e-magazine or newspaper in few simple steps. Yet I would recommend your discretion as you use them with your students.

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Stop Trying to Solve Problems

This is a title of an article in the current Psychology Today  and I am a little surprised by it. You might agree with me that it does seem a little unconventional, and bombastic for a title. The article claims, based on a psychological study that if we are a little distracted from a problem and then return to that problem later, our minds are more prepared to solve it than if we grit our teeth and concentrate harder and work to solve it.

That is a breath of fresh air for me, since distraction comes easily for me. The article practically legitimizes my “bad” habit. Or does it?

What is interesting is even if we are distracted for a brief moment, our unconscious neural processing kicks in and works on the problem in our moment of distraction.

How can this be applied to a teaching situation I wonder? How can language learners benefit from this? One way is to shift the routine of your classes and ensure that the students have  variety of activities rather than stick to one pattern.

Also, shift from a difficult task then have a brief distraction then return to the task later. That may be confusing for students, unless the distraction seems connected with the main task.

What it does confirm is that slight tangents in the teaching process are fine. A story, a joke, even small talk may be necessary for students to process what they are learning. If your classes are a “data dump” of knowledge, a brief distraction may be what your class needs.

Click the link below and see. Many thanks to David Paul for posting this link.

Stop Trying to Solve Problems.

Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading — PsyBlog

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I wonder how often we give our students a chance to consolidate what they learn, especially when it comes to vocabulary etc.

If you find it difficult to remember what you’ve read, try this easy technique.

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Confusion Helps Us Learn: Scientific American Podcast

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Really interesting article that challenges our assumptions about learning.

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