Lab 8 Dictionaries




Practice with Python dictionaries

Lab Setup

Pair Programming Tips

1. Recognize that pairing is hard

Pairing is an intense relationship, summoning all your powers of ingenuity, communication, humour, and code. If you find it hard, or even just tiring, it's because it is hard and tiring sometimes. It takes effort to be kind, patient and to help steer someone in the right direction. Respect your partner and be kind. Your job is to help each other learn.

2. Be mindful of your body language

Is your back to your partner? Is your computer screen angled away? Do you make eye contact? You want to create an atmosphere of inclusion so your pair feels respected and encouraged to comment.

3. Is it too quiet between you and your partner?

If there is a lot of silence, that is often a sign that someone feels left behind. Did you take over the keyboard and write a bunch of lines in silence? Yikes! Explain what you type to your partner. Or perhaps you are confused but feel uncomfortable speaking up. Try: "I don't understand this line, can you explain what it does?"

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