By Sean Tibor and Kelly Paredes
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A podcast by Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school computer science, problem solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language. Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her first year using Python. Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and running his own digital marketing agency. He's currently teaching Python to sixth and eighth grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time.
||CleanEpisode 11: Signs of True Learning||How do you know your students are really learning in Computer Science? In this episode, Sean and Kelly dig into developing the learner-centered classroom and some of the pedagogical philosophy of how to look for learning in your teaching.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Teaching with Python Turtle||This week, we're discussing how to use a very old programming tool to teach modern concepts. That's right, it's the return of the Turtle tool! Kelly and Sean will explore why this 53-year old concept still works so well to teach fundamental programming||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Python For Future Engineers||This week, we're joined by Peter Kazarinoff, Professor of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Portland Community College to discuss how adult learners can learn Python, the use of Jupyter notebooks as teaching tools, and some of the common goals o||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Persistence in Python||Persistence is defined as the ability to stick with something. In the educational world, it is often used interchangeably with the phrases: Sticktoitiveness, grit, or perseverance. In this episode, we will discuss how to develop persistence in program||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Teaching with the BBC micro:bit||In this week's episode, Kelly and Sean discuss one of the tools that we like to use in class: the BBC micro:bit. Thanks to the instant feedback and physical/tactile nature of the device, this inexpensive little IoT device makes the process of learning||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Python With Coding Challenges||Kelly and Sean are back in this week's episode to talk about the role of coding challenges for student understanding. Coding challenges are teacher-defined coding problems that students tackle individually or in groups with more than one possible soluti||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Building Resilience||Co-hosts Kelly and Sean discuss their top eight methods for building resilience in students. Whether you call it grit, perseverance, persistence, determination, or something else, it's important to help students get through the hard and often frustratin||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Top Python Books For Teachers||In this episode, Sean and Kelly go through their top books for teachers to learn about Python and teach students. With everything from coding your own games in Python, to automating the boring stuff, there's something for every teacher here.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Anticipating the Click and Flow||Kelly and Sean discuss the importance of the 'click' when learning Python and identify strategies for encouraging a state of flow in classrooms. What is the click moment? How do you know when flow is achieved?||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The First Week of Python||What does the first week of Python look like for new coders? Where do you start? Is it better to jump right in or give them a softer start? We'll talk about everything from what exercises work best, how to get new Python coders started with an IDE like||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Hello World||Our very first episode! Kelly and Sean talk about how to get started teaching Python, including how to set up a room for computer science, what books and podcasts were most useful, the joys of Tynker, and how to set your own expectations for how to teac||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great teaching ideas
Thanks for taking the time to put together this podcast! I am finding it very useful in my second year teaching a nine-week unit on programming in the Exploring Computer Science class at our high school.
Each week you give a great tip and follow it up with many examples of how you are using it in your clsssrooms and the show notes provide the links so we can try some of these things out as well. Currently doing the 5-minute code challenges to start each class and finding out where my students need more practice and when we are ready to move on.
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