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. 


Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2018

Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2018

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