Whelp. It looks like my last post was just before Thanksgiving break, so here is how we used the time between Thanksgiving break and the semester break, which was only a few weeks since our holiday break began 12/15 this year:
I assigned unit 3, lessons 1 through 8 as homework assignments while we worked through unit 2 in class. After Thanksgiving break, we spent a few days finishing up unit 3 lessons 8 and 9. Then I assigned groups on two or three students, and students completed lesson 10: a practice performance task as their final projects.
Here is an example of a program one team created. The task was just to create an image where they collaborate to make a plan and each team member contributes something. This team decided to use random number generators and a nested for-loop to locate the stars, so each time the program loads, the stars are in different locations.
I am now planning the pacing for next semester. I am in awe of how much time is required for students to spend on the AP Create and Explore tasks. When I calculated the minutes required as dictated by the College Board, the Explore task requires about 3 weeks and the create task requires about 4 weeks. I doubt my students will use all of this time in class to complete these tasks. I was considering assigning unit 5 as homework during the period that students are working on these tasks in class so that they continue to learn.