Developing your own projects is the best way to learn a programming system

We have long known that once sufficient skill is reached that the new programmer can work on a program of their own design and interest, learning takes off.

I spotted this in a story about using JavaScript in an middle school setting:

Students seemed to learn the most when they diverted from the problem statements and just started playing around with the live coding environment.

via Hour of Code: Observations from a Middle School Classroom | blog@CACM | Communications of the ACM.

To which we could say “Yep!” But this is also a lesson for curriculum developers, teachers and developers of products that teach programming.

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