Facilitating Student Debugging #5

Posted October 15, 2018 by ilee

Your student wants to add a feature that you are unfamiliar with. How will you support this student?


The Challenge

What strategy for problem solving would you use in this case?


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Submitted by Lytle on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:46 · Permalink

I would encourage them to try it and then to teach me how it works.  I would also ask them what drawer it is from and what is the general purpose of code blocks in that drawer.


Submitted by mehagaman on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:47 · Permalink

Refer them to some resources like the Cookbook (or for older students, maybe the YouTube channel) and let them run with it.  


Submitted by pwilsonscience on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:47 · Permalink

I would have them tell me what they want the code to make the computer do and try to assemble the blocks in that order.  I would also ask them if their drawers and drop downs were filled correctly.  


Submitted by Josh Bearman on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:47 · Permalink

"Wow, I don't know how to use that. See if you can find examples from another person's code where that block is being successfully used."


Submitted by carodon21 on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:47 · Permalink

Tell them..."I'm not sure but try it and see what happens...Maybe we'll both learn something


Submitted by msag on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:47 · Permalink

Wow, that's fascinating.  I haven't tried that yet.  What are you trying to do?  Describe the code block to me. What kind of input / output does the code block want? What have you tried?


Submitted by ameek on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:47 · Permalink

Say to student:  Man wonder what they do!!!  What do the directions say it will do?  Click on them and add them to the code and see what happens, doesn't hurt.