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Teaching From Home–Day 10B–Plan? What Plan?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10B–Plan? What Plan?

When administration announced we were moving to remote teaching I started adjusting my plans. Now understand that when the semester started I had a plan for every...

Teaching From Home–Day 10A –I'm One of the Lucky Ones
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10A –I'm One of the Lucky Ones

There has been a lot in the news about schools being closed and how schools are dealing with it. There seems to be everything for regular online synchronous teaching...

Teaching From Home–Day 10–When Remote is Really Remote
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10–When Remote is Really Remote

For the last several years I have had international students in some of my classes. Most from China but also South Korea, Viet Nam, and Cambodia. This year I have...

Teaching From Home–Day 9–Students Backchanneling
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 9–Students Backchanneling

My good friend and peer teacher, Tom Indelicato and I share a morning homeroom. It’s online now of course but we join early and stay late to touch base with each...

Teaching From Home–Day 8–Online Teaching Stations
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 8–Online Teaching Stations

We sure are learning a lot about online classes these days. Teachers at my school are using Google Meet and Zoom in about equal numbers. This means that students...

Teaching From Home–Day 7
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 7

Well this is the new normal I guess. We had snow last night and several students missed homeroom this morning. I am assuming it is because of power outages in the...

Teaching From Home–Day 6
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 6

Boring post title I know. But I am not really concerned about attracting eyes in these crazy time. Over the weekend I found out that my international students (two...

Teaching From Home–Day 5
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 5

As one of my co-workers put it it's been a long year this week. I might ease up on that easier say a long month this week. It sure has been a learning experience...

Teaching From Home–Day 4
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 4

I have no idea how long or how consistently I will be writing these posts. I guess when I have something to say. In some ways I think of this as a sort of record...

Teaching From Home–Day 3
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 3

I miss my students. It’s hard talking and not seeing or hearing any reactions. Are they getting my jokes? Even polite laughter and pretending I am funny would be...

Teaching From Home–Day 2
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 2

My advisory (homeroom) was interesting. For one thing I realized that thee isn’t the chatter between students in the room. I’m pretty sure they are texting and...

Teaching From Home–Day 1
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 1

Well, we’ve started. Today we only had half the classes in the rotation meet. Tomorrow we will have the second half. It’s all about getting adjusted to the new...

Teaching From Home–Day 0
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 0

Well it happened. Like so many schools and school districts, Bishop Guertin has decided to close the building because of COVID-19. I say closing the building because...

One Compile a Day
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

One Compile a Day

There is a lot of talk about teaching debugging going on there days. Amy Ko of the University of Washington did a podcast a short time ago on the subject. Amy Ko...

What is The Best Way to Provide #CSforAll?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What is The Best Way to Provide #CSforAll?

Getting more computer science education to more people is something I think about a lot. Mark Guzdial, I want to be him if I ever grow up, has me thinking in new...

Moving CS Education Online
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Moving CS Education Online

Covid-19 is motivating schools all over the world to close. Many other schools are looking at options in case they have to close their facilities. My own school...

Working Through the Stages of Debugging
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Working Through the Stages of Debugging

I found this Tweet by Katerina Borodina @ctrlshifti that claimed that the 5 stages of grief apply perfectly to debugging code Denial "The compiler is wrong"  Anger...

Are Large Classes The Answer To a Computer Science Teacher Shortage?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are Large Classes The Answer To a Computer Science Teacher Shortage?

Another teacher reported on Facebook that they were going teach AP CS Principles and that this was the first time they are teaching computer science and their students...

Iowa Caucus 2020–What Happens When Software Doesn’t Work?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Iowa Caucus 2020–What Happens When Software Doesn’t Work?

It’s too early to tell exactly what went wrong with the Iowa caucus this year but I suspect it will wind up being a case study in several ways. Political Science...

Check Out The CS Ed Podcast
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Check Out The CS Ed Podcast

I first heard about the CS Ed Podcast back when I wrote on debugging. Amy Ko of the university of Washington talked about teaching debugging in a recent interview...
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