I didn’t believe the hype on the news about bad teachers. I mean, nobody I worked with was rubbish at their job so I put it down to teacher bashing media nonsense and got on with my life. I was happy to share my resources here and on CAS and to help people who asked for my help,… Continue reading Computing – A beautiful dream
I read a really good article the other day which compared learning to program to leaning to read and write in the middle ages. It goes on to give two good criticisms of the accessibility of programming to students. Firstly, setting up and choosing your language and environment is a lengthy and difficult process. For the most… Continue reading Computing – Pitfalls of a new subject
(Clarification: I’m a UK high school teacher. “School” in this post means high school, not university and “IT Professionals” is the term used to distinguish those who are not teachers on the forum in question.) On the miffed-off-ometer, I’d have to say that I’m getting quite close to a 9 with some of the CS… Continue reading Hands up who likes PHP?
So I’m applying for the Picademy – two days of visiting Raspberry Pi towers, meeting cool people and fiddling around with a tiny computer – sounds good to me! One of the requirements for the application is to write a blog post about “Being a 21st Century Teacher”…which is actually quite a tricky topic to write… Continue reading Being a 21st Century Teacher
OK, so the week before half term I had another of those moments where I found my mouth saying “ooh, let me volunteer to do all the things” while my head was screaming “IDIOT! You’ve already got too much to do!”. I’m pretty sure I have shoulder angels and demons. (And maybe a theme tune.)… Continue reading The real Computing in an Hour
Yes, I actually did it. Twas the night before Year 10 IT class and all through the house, All the teachers* were starting to whine and to grouse. “It’s spreadsheets”, I grumbled – I taught them with care But the knowledge and recall, it just isn’t there! The students were nestled all snug in their… Continue reading I’m a Excelebrity, get me out of here!