Reflecting on Summer PD


#1

Take a moment to reflect here on your experience in the Summer PD. What elements of the pedagogy and curriculum do you feel more comfortable with? In which areas do you see a need for growth? What can Code.org, our facilitators, or your local cohort do to help ensure your success throughout the year?


#2

After taking the course in person and attending the classes the online material makes sense and it’s more easily understood.


#3

I feel empowered! Within two days of learning about the Design Recipe, I found an application! My husband wanted a formula to calculate how much “in-game” gold he’d need for his character upgrades, but the per-level costs of the upgrades weren’t linear, and he wanted the sum of multiple upgrades. The long and short of it is that I was able to create a design recipe that helped me solve the problem!

With the elation I felt solving that problem, I can imagine how empowered my students will feel when they catch the vision of what this can do!


#4

I have always thought that a strong connection between CS and Math existed. After taking the PD, I better understand this connection. I also realized that my math stills (especially Algebra) are not a good as I thought. I will be relearning Algebra while teaching CS. Scary, Fun, Exciting.


#5

I really like how the course is set up with the check mark green circles when each stage is completed. I think my students will respond well to this also. I have never had a online PD that was so user friendly and enjoyable. There were times that it was challenging but I was proud of my achievement when I completed the puzzles or functions. I think a way that code.org might support us is to have videos of teachers using the strategies in the classroom with real students. I am excited to start in using what I have learned with my students but I know there will be some kinks to iron out as there always is when starting something new. I think our next face to face professional development will be much more enlightening as we will have gained real live experience.


#6

The course work was better than I expected. I think that the contracts are something that will lead my students to be critical thinkers and, hopefully, better understand the transition from seeing a challenge and constructing a method for problem solving. I am excited about the coming year and I can’t wait to see how my students do with this.


#7

I’m excited to try this. I found it interesting so I won’t have to fake that part of the teaching process. I still need to work on conditionals but I think I’m just overthinking things.
I like how the videos at the end of this walked thru the basics of setting up the classroom and how to access the materials. Phew!
I just need access to someone who can answer questions when I get turned around. Once I’m on my way - good to go!


#8

Replying to my own reply


#9

I am excited to start using this in the classroom!


#10

i’m taking the course right now( CS\ Algebra) and i need help in stage 2 (convert blocks to math), it’s like no matter what arithmetic expressions i wrote it always not the correct answer. Ex:( 4+5) i wrote it (evaluate four plus five), (take four sum five),(four plus five), (add four and five), and other answers and all of my answers are wrong :(… i don’t know what to do???


#11

Are you writing it out in English like the examples you’ve given? Did you try just 4+5?


#12

yes, i wrote it just like i explained, and no i did not try it this way, but i will,
thanks


#13

I am really looking forward to having students work on these puzzles and using the connections to algebra. I like the teacher resources I have seen on the website. They seem really straightforward and easy to use.


#14

I really like and feel comfortable with the evaluation blocks. I would like more practice with writing definitions. I wish the videos gave more examples of what the practice problems require.


#15

I am excited to begin teaching this course, but I am nervous since I took the course at the beginning of the summer. Reviewing in this 2nd part was helpful, but I will still be completing everything again just before the students as we progress through the program. Will we be provided the PowerPoint that was used during our training?


#16

Taking the courses online and in person has helped me understand the process to find the different ways to solve the puzzles.


#17

I feel comfortable with coding itself but I find that to find time for teaching CS in Algebra in a 2 quarter Algebra 1 can be challenging. When I start to implement it, I’m sure I’ll have more questions on how to best teach a certain lesson


#18

I was challenged when learning this new program language so I can only imagine what my students may feel at times. I will need to let my students know that we will be learning together.

I did feel that the in person training is best as I like the face to face help rather than just watching videos on my own.


#19

After going through the blending online Phase II, I understand the different concepts.


#20

The online PD was great. My colleague and I was able to talk when I got stuck on certain complex puzzles. The online phase helped me reflect on Phase I.