In addition to teaching classes, we know that teachers juggle a dozen other responsibilities that compete for their time in the all-too-few hours of the day. To help minimize the lesson prep time required for TechSmart activities, we've introduced a series of pedagogy icons into our slide notes and code instructions. These icons should help you confidently lead lessons with fidelity, even if you're seeing the instructions for the very first time while standing in front of thirty students. Our hope is that after a couple of classes, interpreting these icons on the fly becomes second nature to you.
The "teacher says" icon precedes scripted remarks you can read verbatim, or summarize in your own words. These are typically either instructional statements or questions posed to students.
The "teacher does" icon precedes actions you should take. These are typically physical actions associated with an offline activity (e.g., draw a circle on the whiteboard) or computer actions to ensure students are seeing the right content at the right time (e.g., switch to Slides).
The "students do" icon precedes actions students should take. These are typically physical actions associated with an offline activity (e.g., forms groups of three) or computer actions specific to students (e.g., turn in your coding exercise).
Teacher and students do
The "teacher and students do" icon is most commonly used in class code-alongs, where you enter a line of code on your computer and students enter the same line of code on their computers.
Computers are a powerful tool, but they can quickly become a distraction for students. The "screens off" icon is a reminder that students should not have their computers on at this time.
The "screens on" icon precedes a specific instruction about what students should have open on their computer (e.g., open the Statements assignment).
After each question posed to students, you will find at least one exemplar response to help you determine if their response was correct, or if you should steer the conversation towards a more complete answer.