So the Friday before the test we had one of those days. Any public school teacher knows those days. I lost power to 1/3 of the lab (future reference the breaker box is in the boiler room, panel 4). And a mouse, four-legged kind. A very active mouse.
There is a point where no matter how beautiful your lesson plans are, you just have to dump and run. Kids were distracted and we really couldn't do our computer practice. So we went outside.
I borrowed some chalk and put the kids in teams of three. I gave each group a copy of the lab we'll do at the end of next unit. The lab has them design methods for a calendar program. They have to count the number of days left in a month, return the total number of days in a month, then using these they have to count the total number of days between two dates.
We haven't done if's or loops yet, so this is not something they could code in C++, but I was curious to see how they did. They each had to sketch out an algorithms they could use to find a solution.
And the mouse is gone- I caught in a cup later that day and he was released back into the garden.