Use everyday examples (e.g. egg cartons, seats in a theater) to help students understand 2D arrays.

  • When using an egg carton to explain data organization and interactions in a 2D array, ask students to follow instructions like "Put a red skittle in [1][5]."
  • Personal experience of 2D arrays in daily life could be a familiarity with how seats in a theater are labeled ("Row C, seat 7"), or from playing battleship or chess.
  • Making concrete connections to abstract data structures can help cement understanding.

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Interview with Barbara Ericson