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The Wizeline computer programming classes ended on October 18th after eight weeks. The students demonstrated their design projects on October 29th. Students worked in teams, but each had a slightly different product because of variations in their code. Their sites included the ability to add users to a picture drawing game.
Our Wizeline hosts also gave a short presentation about why computer science is a great career. Some of the reasons include having super powers to solve problems and a great community of people who support each other. Our students felt this during the classes as they worked together to solve problems. It was a great experience which has interested some of our students in computer science as a career.
Making the transition from middle school to high school can be difficult. The ninth grade teaching team is working together to coordinate and engage students in cross-curricular learning and provide mentoring. The shared weekly mentoring document helps teachers engage students in a process of reflection and growth. During the short mentoring time this week, students reflected on their first quarter experiences in their journals. Then they created short videos featuring characters from the books they are reading, and finally, students used a Google form to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with specific teachers for the next mentoring session.