The Mythical School Month

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Additionally, Brooks muses that “good” programmers are generally five to ten times as productive as mediocre ones

I read The Mythical Man Month several years ago, and having observed the Catalyst Open Source Academy  I am prompted to think about what the differences between good students and mediocre ones. A book  “The Mythical School Month” sounds promising.

The amount of potential learning taking place over two weeks in the Academy, is probably at least five times more than takes place in the classroom.  Having highly motivated students attending by choice to learn makes a huge difference. A greater range of material can be presented, in more depth and with greater freedom to follow paths of learning that are not bound by assessments and corresponding time constraints.

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1 Response to The Mythical School Month

  1. Gerard says:

    Ahhh, you have brought up one of the biggest issues with some of the subjects at school. Why are we limited to 50 or 60 minute periods. I have had students who have been engaged in the learning that they have requested permission to miss the next class, when a students is working on a programming problem, a database solution, webpage design, it is something they have got there mind on and want to complete, however, they have another class to prepare for and they then lose their train of thought and it could take two or three periods before they have it again.
    One thing I would like to see is the possibility of a 100 minute lesson, even though I see the students twice a week rather than every single day, it would benefit the students learning.


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