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…

Say it better with Boolean && binary

Happy 2017-18!   I’m back to school today which means back to sharing on Wednesdays and back to a routine that involves being at home more than being away.   It was a fantastic summer getting to meet, learn and share with so many great teachers near and far.  Of course I came home with a few … Read more…

Bits & Bytes 2017 is ready. . .TGIF^2

Thank God it is finished and FRIDAY!   TGIF^2  whew!    Since the Reading I have been updating, revising and refining the teaching resources and today they are ready and in the Cloud waiting for you.   If you pre-ordered the bundle, you will receive via email link this morning the full bundle — thank you, blessings and … Read more…

The Reading 2017: there might have been a light saber tattoo in the house

The Reading. The APCSP course launch Reading. The busyiest, most CREATIVE and most INNOVATIVE days of our lives 2017 edition. Where to begin……Since it will be impossible to capture and summarize two weeks in a blog post and really all you need is the skinny version, let me break things down into the GOOD, the … Read more…

got my READING glasses ready!

It’s always struck me as funny that the AP scoring is referred to as a “reading.”  Probably it’s just me but that always sounds peculiar.   Since I am the queen of always wearing READING glasses (#275 to be exact), I believe I will fit right in at Kansas City next week.   It’s going to be … Read more…

thinking ahead & paying it forward

Have you heard the saying “Don’t look back, you aren’t going that way”? It’s true that our sights need to generally be set onward and upward.  Winding down one academic year causes reflection but hopefully without too much dwelling on the past so that our effort is better spent thinking forward in a positive and … Read more…

What time is it?

For the last several years I have made a habit of meeting my students the morning of their APCS-A exam with doughnuts, grapes, water and hAPpy bags.  This year I am thrilled to get to make 60+ bags instead of my former <15.   APCSP has grown our program to three classes and lots more smiling … Read more…