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…

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…

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…

It’s time to CREATE with code!

We’ve scaffolded content, we’ve mocked projects, we’ve analyzed rubrics and we have discussed guidelines.  It is time to let the CREATING & CODING begin!   If you are also ramping up to Create, this post is especially for you and your students. In the past few weeks while teaching specific programming theory in AP®CSP,  we have … Read more…