Encourage students to write instructions that a 5-year old could follow to give them a technique for problem solving and planning their programs.

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  • Students are often intimidated by programming, but we can make it seem less intimidating by explaining that programming languages are just a way of communicating with the computer.
    • When you give instructions to a small child you give them really specific instructions, like the instructions you give to a computer.
    • For example, you might tell a little kid to go to their room, get their toy, and bring it back.
  • A notebook open while programming to write down steps of the problem is always helpful for students to have on hand.
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