R is for RECRUITMENT!

    ECRUIT!   Now is the time to begin to recruit for next year.     Shared today are two cards I’ve created for recruiting students at my school.  Please use, edit, reinvent.   This year I determined to reach out personally and student-to-student so that the broad spectrum of our school’s students will know we … Read more…

Exploring & Scaffolding is Systematic

Happy Friday and happy, happy February <3!   Let’s hope that the groundhog is wrong and that winter soon leaves us for sunny spring days.  Phil is only accurate 37% of the time so odds are in spring’s favor. Today I am sharing yet another way to scaffold toward Explore.    This year I’m teaching CSP … Read more…

dogs & tricks are like packets & IPs

Dogs have tricks and packets have IPs.  Both dogs and packets might fetch and retrieve.   But what else do these very disconnected things have in common?   Glad you asked and happy January BTW 🙂 Teaching is sometimes a bit of a “dog and pony show” in that a show can help the audience see, visualize … Read more…

…keep moving forward.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.  –Martin Luther King Don’t you love that wonderful quote from Dr. King.  Amen!, right?   In teaching computer science some days I fly, most days I walk, … Read more…

P.S. Citations & Sources

Happy CS Ed Week 2017!  I hope you are smiling, innovating, coding, compiling and having a wonderful week where the spotlight is on our courses and our students shining bright. Lately I’ve had a few emails, texts and conversations that caused me to realize that I needed to add a little P.S. to my video … Read more…

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…