Watch| MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ son argue with ACP over seat- belt challan

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 Watch| MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ son argue with ACP over seat- belt challan 

mention this only because quite often, including as recently as one of the freshman advising events and at last spring’s sophomore advising event, we often hear students disclaim when coming up to the CS table, well, I’ve been thinking about taking this intro class, but I’m not really a computer person.

Or, but everyone surely knows more than me. Introduction to Computer Science And I put this in the biggest font possible, to convey this message that that’s not in fact the case. And if you’re wondering, should, in fact, be here? Realize that not only is this course’s title Introduction to Computer Science, it is Introduction to Computer Science I.

Watch| MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ son argue with ACP over seat- belt challan

So there is indeed a second such introduction. So you’re not, in fact, in the wrong place. And among the goals I have for today are to assuage any such concerns you might have, but also to paint a picture of what’s in store for students less and more comfortable alike in this course. But first, a word on one of the hand outs you have today, among which are a number of FAQs.

It’s been a vision of ours for some time now to introduce a new grading option into this course–namely, SAT/UNSAT. Philosophically for me, it is much more important that the students in this class engage with the material, Watch| MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ son argue with ACP over seat- belt challan , be challenged by the material, and worry far, far less about the mechanics of actual scores and letter grades at semester ‘send, but truly embrace the course and its material.

And really this feels, more generally, for what’s interesting to them, to feel challenged and rewarded but without fear of failure. And indeed, this too is a recurring theme in this and other introductory courses in other fields, that you have this trepidation when it comes to putting one’s toes in unfamiliar waters.

I myself, back in 1995, was a freshman. I was very much focused on being Gov. Concentrator here. And yet I’d always grown up with a bit of an interest in computer science. I was always curious. But back then, even, I had this fear of even stepping foot in CS50, so much so that I didn’t even shop it freshman year.

And the only reason I put a foot in the door sophomore year was because I was allowed to take it pass/fail.

But even pass/fail required that I get up the nerve Introduction to Computer Science to make an appointment with Professor Kernighan at the time, MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ son argue with ACP over seat- belt challan , bring this big sheet of paper, and ask him for his signature and his permission to explore these unfamiliar waters.

>> And it hasn’t helped in recent years that when doing this in CS50, when we used to be pass/fail, similarly would dozens or hundreds of your classmates have to come up, God forbid, at the front of Sanders with this form, that in some minds represents an inability, I dare say, to perform are your peers’ level.  MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ son argue with ACP over seat- belt challan ,

Which is ridiculous, but I do think there’s that mentality. And there’s never been in this culture of SAT/UNSAT, or pass/fail more generally, in this course, or really on this campus. So this year we changed that. I would be ecstatic half of this class or more ended up taking CS50 SAT/UNSAT.

 

 

 

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