CS For Teachers Portfolio

As I gathered up what I consider to be my best work for this course, I was able to reflect upon what I learned, what I accomplished, and where my thinking is now about teaching computer science in schools. 

I learned a lot more than I thought I was going to learn this semester. Prior to enrolling in this course, I was hesitant to take it due to the fact that I wasn't familiar with this type of course work. However, all of the theorists we studied were interesting as well as the programs. I enjoyed the combination of reading and writing as well as having time to explore on my own and work with the program to see what I could make out of it. 

I accomplished not only completing my computer science course work, but at the same time learning not to give up. A few of these tutorials and programs gave me a run for my money. Not having much knowledge with this course work was tricky and overwhelming at the start. However, I learned to rely on my classmates and professor for feedback and help along the way as well as to keep trying even if I don't succeed at the start. For example, eToys gave me the hardest time. After working with the program for two hours, I wanted to give up. However, I looked at all of the other work that my classmates were producing and I was inspired to give it another try. With that said, I was able to create a race course where my toy car could race on. 

As far as my thinking about teaching computer science in schools is concerned, I have a new found respect for the computer science teachers in schools. I believe that teaching computer science in schools is a necessity. Students have a plethora of information at their fingertips and I know that they would enjoy exploring and discovering all that is out there. Likewise, instruction can be differentiated to meet the needs of each of our students. I believe that it is important to have a mix of instruction as well as exploration as a student. Students are curious about what's out there, we have the tools to show them just that. 

I chose to include in my portfolio, four of my favorite assignments with the mBot as well as the rainbow that I made using Turtle Blocks. Also, I found it interesting that my assignments sort of came full circle. By that I mean, one of our first assignments during the first week was to code the Hokey Pokey. I found it comical that the Hokey Pokey was the song that I decided to have my mBot dance to. 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Bk_PFNgf7FyDLc33rf6VJbvfnnlIoamO

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Amanda,

      You have done such great work all semester. And it was great to read this reflection/distillation of your experience.

      This, in particularly, really stuck out for me:

      I accomplished not only completing my computer science course work, but at the same time learning not to give up. A few of these tutorials and programs gave me a run for my money. Not having much knowledge with this course work was tricky and overwhelming at the start. However, I learned to rely on my classmates and professor for feedback and help along the way as well as to keep trying even if I don't succeed at the start. 

      I love both that this is true for you as well as that you are able to recognize and celebrate this. This also addresses my fundamental interest in teaching computer science in K-12 classrooms.

    Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2018

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