Homework help requested (not what you think!)

David Hutto dwightdhutto at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 01:51:40 CEST 2013

You have to utilize a set curriculum to teach. Look at several books like
Dive Into Python, and such, then work with the student on an individualized
project for each one. For 3D you go with pygame and trig, or go with
Blender's python API
 or matplotlib. Just at first show the basic types of data, that is what
I'd suggest, like mutable immutable, lists tuples, and dictionaries to get
the hang of data containment that will probably move on to database
management, and loopiing/iterating through data, or updating a GUI.
Further teaching is moving on to what the student is trying to accomplish.


On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 6:43 PM, John Ladasky <john_ladasky at sbcglobal.net>wrote:

> Hi folks,
> No, I'm not asking for YOU to help ME with a Python homework assignment!
> Previously, I mentioned that I was starting to teach my son Python.
> https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.lang.python/I7spp6iC3tw/8lxUXfrL-9gJ
> He just took a course at his high school called Web Technology and Design.
>  They had the students use tools like Dream Weaver, but they also
> hand-coded some HTML and JavaScript.  He has a little experience.  I am
> building on it.
> Well, a few other parents caught wind of what I was doing with my son, and
> they asked me whether I could tutor their kids, too.  I accepted the jobs
> (for pay, actually).
> The kids all claim to be interested.  They all want to write the next
> great 3D video game.  Thus, I'm a little surprised that the kids don't
> actually try to sit down and code without me prompting them.  I think that
> they're disappointed when I show them how much they have to understand just
> to write a program that plays Tic Tac Toe.
> Where programming is concerned, I'm an autodidact.  I started programming
> when I was twelve, with little more guidance than the Applesoft Basic
> manual and the occasional issue of Byte Magazine.  I hacked away.  Over the
> years, I have acquired a working knowledge of BASIC, 6502 assembly
> language, Pascal, C, and finally Python (my favorite).  If I knew how to
> impart a love of experimentation to my students, I would do that.
> One kid looks like he's ready to forge ahead.  In the mean time, one
> parent has recognized his son's lack of independence, and has asked me to
> assign programming homework.  I hope it doesn't kill the kid's enthusiasm,
> but I'm willing to try it.
> So, what I am seeking are suggestions for programming assignments that I
> can give to brand-new students of Python.  Please keep in mind that none of
> them are even up to the task of a simple algorithm like Bubble Sort -- at
> least, not yet.
> Many thanks!
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Best Regards,
David Hutto
*CEO:* *http://www.hitwebdevelopment.com*
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