Category Archives: Lesson Plans

“My students hate me, and I’m a failure of a teacher”

…is a phrase I’ve heard worryingly, reassuringly (it’s not just me!), often. As teachers, we often enter a mental and emotional state where we desperately need someone to say to us: You’re a good teacher; you run great lessons; you teach well. …but it has little or no meaning when coming from an adult. The

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Lesson idea: Digital Literacy, use Google to choose a java library

Today I needed to modify a small Java program to accept command-line parameters. Java’s built-in support for this is so bare as to be non-existent: it clones C’s “no library, no help, go away” implementation. This makes an excellent problem for testing / practising using Google to find something: It’s a very well-known problem, has

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