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A weekly podcast by teachers Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school students about computer science, problem solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language. Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her first year using Python. Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and running his own digital marketing agency. He's currently teaching Python to sixth and eighth grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time.

A weekly podcast by teachers Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school students about computer science, problem solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language. Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her first year using Python. Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and running his own digital marketing agency. He's currently teaching Python to sixth and eighth grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time.
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A weekly podcast by teachers Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school students about computer science, problem solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language. Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her first year using Python. Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and running his own digital marketing agency. He's currently teaching Python to sixth and eighth grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time.

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Episodes

Episode 7: Teaching with the BBC micro:bit

1/14/2019
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In this week's episode, Kelly and Sean discuss one of the tools that we like to use in class: the BBC micro:bit (https://www.microbit.org). Thanks to the instant feedback and physical/tactile nature of the device, this inexpensive little IoT device makes the process of learning Python more intuitive for students. It's also an easy starting point for those teachers who are new to coding. There are many advantages to using a physical computing device in a school setting and we will walk you...

Duration:00:35:03

Episode 6: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Python With Coding Challenges

1/9/2019
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Kelly and Sean are back this in this week's episode to talk about the role of coding challenges for student understanding. Coding challenges are teacher-defined coding problems that students tackle individually or in groups with more than one possible solution. The advantages of these challenges compared to passive learning include deeper retention of skills and knowledge, opportunities for social and emotional education, and increased student confidence through subject mastery. What are...

Duration:00:38:42

Episode 5: Building Resilience

12/31/2018
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This week, co-hosts Kelly Schuster-Paredes (https://twitter.com/kellypared) and Sean Tibor (https://twitter.com/smtibor) talk about their preferred methods for building student resilience while learning Python. Every learner reaches a point where they may get frustrated, discouraged, or want to give up. How can you help them get past that moment and rebuild momentum? How do you recognize those moments? What can you do as a coach and mentor to help them? What activities help prevent those...

Duration:00:28:55

Episode 4: Top Python Books For Teachers

12/24/2018
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This week, Kelly and Sean review their top Python books for teachers. They cover everything from classics like Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (https://amzn.to/2V7YD47) and Invent Your Own Computer Games (https://amzn.to/2LzsxtS) to the newest books like Impractical Python Projects (https://amzn.to/2EHdpdh) and Coffee Break Python (https://amzn.to/2BwS0PP). If you're looking for a good book for your winter break, there's bound to be one that will suit you here. Brew up a nice cup of...

Duration:00:30:11

Episode 3: Anticipating the Click and Flow

12/17/2018
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We've noticed that many of our students have a moment where everything 'clicks' and they make a leap forward in their knowledge of Python. Kelly and Sean discuss strategies to ensure that this happens, including coding challenges, metacognitive discussion, and formative assessments. Flow states are another phenomenon that indicates deep learning and knowledge acquisition. We've defined that as a state of increased productivity, focus, and absorption.

Duration:00:36:58

Episode 2: The First Week of Python

12/10/2018
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What does the first week of Python look like for new coders? Where do you start? Is it better to jump right in or give them a softer start? We'll talk about everything from what exercises work best, how to get new Python coders started with an IDE like Mu Editor, and more. In this episode, Kelly and Sean talk about starting the first week of teaching Python. We take a look why we choose to teach Python in our Computer Science Course. We also give a few tips on how we set expectations,...

Duration:00:33:01

Episode 1: Hello World

12/5/2018
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Duration:00:32:36