I don’t remember the last time I was this frustrated!

I decided to play on the coding website Code.org for an ‘hour’ of code. An HOUR became several. I choose a keyboard exercise because I actually play the piano so I thought I would have some type of advantage. The first few levels I was able to navigate through ok, although I did run into a hiccup. Have a look as I walk you through my first hiccup.

I am very proud that I was able to work through this challenge as well as my next, which required a few more steps and involved more layers. Let’s have a look!

I get to my last level and this is where I spent majority of my time. I could not understand the ‘if, do, else’ block. I got very close and my project sounded the same as the one I was supposed to match but the program kept telling me “it doesn’t sound right”. I could not find the problem nor the solution. One very frustrating thing for me is that there is no pause button so once I pressed the play button I had to listen to the entire project from beginning to end. This was frustrating because I could tell very early on there was a mistake but I had to listen to the entire thing. The second thing I found extremely frustrating was the ‘Hints’ section. It would give me a few hints but I did not understand the hint. I could change a couple of things but I was not able to successful match/ solve the tune. I never did figure out the final level, level 9.

I realized after that I actually started at a grade 6 level, I thought I had started with a kindergarten level, oops. I need to go back and work myself up to understanding the ‘if, do, else’ .

I decided to try again the next day but I was still not able to successfully complete the project and I do not understand what I am doing wrong. The sample tune sounds the same as the one I have created and the “tips” section keeps giving me the same tip help, which is absolutely no help to me. This was a very frustrating experience and I am not anxious to return and retry. I felt I was left on my own to figure things out and I was not able to figure it out. How does one actually learn and understand this?

I feel like such a failure! I tried again another day with a different puzzle to solve and I did not enjoy the experience at all. I made sure to choose something under grade 6 so my new attempt was a grade 2+. I think I only made it to level 6 before I was so frustrated. I do not seem to understand what the computer is requiring and I certainly did not have the patience to sit and invest more time in understanding it. I am really not sure how kids can find this interesting or fun because for me it was so painful and frustrating!

2 thoughts on “I don’t remember the last time I was this frustrated!

  1. I completely agree that some of the exercises take longer than an hour. I don’t think students enjoy them because if adults aren’t able to solve them, then most kids wouldn’t be able to either. They definitely need better explanation!

    Like

  2. That sounds awful Jana, I am I chose the dance party activity for this purpose entirely. I did not want to get frustrated while trying to experience something. I hope if you do introduce this website to your students in the future you have better luck! Thanks for your brutal honesty! Always enjoy reading your blog posts!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s