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Questions about motivating students to study, participate, or take interest in the field of Computer Science. This tag can be used to ask questions regarding motivating students in the context of Computer Science (e.g. motivating them to self-teach or to work with others etc. as well as motivating them to study Computer Science)

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Well, I'm not an educator, but a student, and I'm in the United States (early highschool, so 14-16 ish). I find several advantages from coding. It's very relaxing. Well, in a sense. I find it enjoya …
answered Jun 28 '17 by heather
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I think sometimes it's because they don't even know where to begin, and when you think about it, this makes sense. Consider an average student. (I'm going to use a lot of math examples because a. I j …
answered Aug 3 '18 by heather
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Don't go too far! Technology isn't the solution to your problems. I say this because I honestly have seen teachers who see technology as this magical god that will swoop in and save them from their tr …
answered Jul 6 '17 by heather
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I started with Khan Academy. Who knows how I stumbled across it - I think one of my teachers back in elementary school pointed it out to me. And then I found the coding course. I started, enjoying dr …
answered Aug 12 '17 by heather
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It appears that the student(s) in question don't really want to do what they are doing, but feel like they have to; this answer addresses that. Be sure to consider that maybe your student(s) just real …
answered Jun 28 '17 by heather
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I'm going to be quite honest. Why the heck do you care? Even if there was such a thing, you could never know if that student was truly in that category of unable, or if it just hadn't clicked for th …
answered Dec 7 '17 by heather
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First, try setting up some sort of "coding hangout time" - you and her can practice coding together. You can help her when she gets stuck, and encourage her. It's always good to have a buddy in what y …
answered Jun 22 '17 by heather
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First, your classroom needs to be comfortable. No one's going to do well if they fear being called nerdy or some such nonsense. I myself have unfortunately been insulted along those lines, and though …
answered Jul 29 '17 by heather
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I (barely) remember when the first iPhone came out. I remember playing this skeeball app on it, and really enjoying it. I thought it was so cool, and fast, and I thought the phone was sleek and small. …
answered Aug 5 '17 by heather
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I think @Ben I.'s suggestions are great, but let me present a completely different take. Don't prepare them for science fairs, prepare them for industry. Introduce them to git/open source/collabora …
answered Jun 22 '17 by heather
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Figure out some simple way to let him test out of a unit - a quicker program to show he knows his stuff, a simple conversation with you, something that doesn't require much effort. Ask him what he wa …
answered Jun 17 '17 by heather
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Breaks? I'm in highschool (not an adult) and I'd be kind of offended if someone told me to go "take a break", especially in an elective - I took this course to learn, not to get told that "sitting is …
answered Sep 25 '17 by heather
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There's often a huge difference between sitting in a class and solving problems. It's the difference between knowing how to do an integral and realizing that in this specific instance it makes far mor …
answered Sep 10 '18 by heather