Exploring & Creating – Part 3

  Hi, again.  Finally and without further ad0, here is my 3rd of 3 posts about the performance tasks — thank you for the positive feedback I’ve gotten from you about the posts.  My hope is to help my students, help you with resources and support, and thereby help your students. Provided here are video … Read more…

Exploring & Creating — Part 3a

Happy Wednesday, peeps!   It seems like I turn around twice and another week has flown right by WHEW.  Today I have Create PT Part 3a of my Trifecta of Performance Task Resources by way of video tutorials to share.   These are created for my Hoover students, but feel free to use for yourself or share … Read more…

Exploring & Creating 101 – Part 2

Happy, happy Hump Day!    Today is the second installment of supporting materials for the performance tasks in CSP.   Find last week’s post, Exploring & Creating – Part 1, as needed.   Part 2 includes notes pages for the student’s journals, teacher-made checklists, and graphic organizers for both PTs.   My hope is that the resources  will … Read more…

Exploring & Creating 101 — Part 1

Hi, friends, and happy Wednesday!   Today is all treats for CSP teachers yet the trick left by the wicked witch last night is that it is NOVEMBER.  NOVEMBER ALREADY [insert Scream face here]– oh my soul, it is NOVEMBER!  Where has the time gone this year already.  Unreal but we must rise to the occasion … Read more…

an idea worth EXPLORING

Happy Fall to you!  It has finally become fall in the deep South, and we couldn’t be happier.  The time for boots, scarves, and light jackets is as welcome as is the appearance of candy corn in the grocery store isles (although that pops up in late July these days HA!).   Now let’s talk data! … Read more…

The Iterative & Incremental Teaching Process

In the stairwell between my 1st floor CS lab classroom and my 3rd floor Co-op office, there is a poster that reads, “There is no shortcut to SUCCESS, you have to take the stairs.”  Each day as I walk the stairs and read the appropriately-placed poster on the landing between the 1st and 2nd floors (pun … Read more…

potatoHead objects put the O in OOP!

This week it was time to introduce the O in OOP, and O is for “objects” so that led me to think about the Mini-STARter lessons that Sandy, Crystal and I collaborated about last summer.  [Find the great ideas in Mini-STARter Lessons for CS-A HERE if you teach CS-A and want to inject a little … Read more…

Praying for Texas & Louisiana

For the past several years it has been a joy and honor to get to know so many Texas teachers of computer science.  The smiles you see are from this summer’s AP®SI at Rice University.   Please take time to pray for each of these wonderful people and the hundreds of thousands affected by Harvey.  Pray … Read more…

So what does “demonstrates understanding” look like?

Over the course of the last few years in learning about the philosophy of curriculum development known as Understanding by Design and about assessment in CSP, I have come to realize the value of and importance of teaching toward a student’s true UNDERSTANDING rather than rote completion of tasks.   We want students to be able … Read more…

New tricks, new year, same dog!

Hi, again!  It seems like a month since last Wednesday because a zillion things have happened in seven days — so much busy crammed into seven 24 hour ticks and tocks.  Whew — back to school is a bullet train!  I’ve been making a list of things to share in a MEGA START TO SCHOOL … Read more…