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Secrets for Fun, Engaging Computer Science that Changes Kids Lives

Alfred Thompson has secrets that transform Computer Science classrooms. Yet, he shares them openly. Project-based learning. Passion-based learning. Problem-based learning. These three P's of teaching perfection have been a mainstay in Alfred's classroom for many years. In today's episode, Alfred uncovers how his classroom works, the impact it has on student lives, and how his students learn outside their classroom. Congratulations to Alfred for winning the Computer Science award at ISTE – it is very deserving.

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Your Challenge for This Episode

Remember, that we want to “innovate like a turtle” and make small steps forward to innovate and improve. Remember that we can learn from all types of teachers.

In today’s show, Alfred talks about projects that are relevant to a kid’s lives. He also says that he has handouts ready when students want to go a different direction to help spark their curiosity and learning. Today, I challenge you to use one or both of these strategies in your classroom. Do you have a relevant project planned this semester? Do you have some resources for those kids who want to dive deeper into a topic that will stoke and spark their curiosity? And remember, educators who care, share – share what you do with me and others on the social media platform of your choice, or even better – in real life at your school.

Alfred Thompson – Bio As Submitted

Alfred Thompson teaches high school computer science at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua NH. Prior to teaching Alfred worked in the software industry for many years.

Blog: http://blog.acthompson.net

Twitter: @alfredtwo

Instagram @alfredtwo

 

 

 

 

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Daniel Ott August 20, 2019 - 1:34 pm

Thanks for the great listen! First time listener here, and really appreciate the format and pacing. I have a podcast I plan to have my students work on this semester and will try and use one of those strategies.

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