Building Computational Thinking Brains … If you care about jobs and the economy, you should care about computer science education…. Computers Control the World. But, who controls the computers? Computer Scientists!
I choose to remember Trump for the positive things he did for our country. At least he was an open book and we knew what he was thinking. Too many decision makers are closed books making decisions behind closed doors without communicating with those who own the problem. They make decisions without all the data.
This is happening locally to computer science teachers who are passionate about their student’s education and making their classroom the best during these COVID times. Computer science was moved to CTE to get Perkins weighted funding. The CTE administrators are now telling teachers they have to double-block. This is killing the 4-year programs these long-time CS teachers have built to prepare students for AI, robotics, cyber security, biotech, agriculture and every area of our economy that needs computer scientists. They are making these decisions without listening to the owners of the problem. A teacher who asked me to please help, communicated her solution is to just retire out of frustration.
We cannot afford to lose dedicated educators as they are our teachers of the future!
Always Choose Love over Hatred Peace over Violence And Others before Yourself – Melanie Trump January 19, 2021
Melissa shared about focusing on a bug crawling on the ground. Mentioned NCWIT Aspirations as a tribe to connect with and find a place to start. I am totally emerged in that tribe and would jump for joy if you joined me. My biggest take-away is that we need community ambassadors. Ambassadors who are the event planners, the project managers, lead outdoor education, build school gardens, bring the materials and teach hands-on activities. Businesses please fund staff in schools with master teachers. Instead of letting experience retire due to fear and stress of COVID, hire them to work remotely with teachers. Instead of giving teachers 7 bell-ringing classes, let them teach 3 and use other time being an ambassadors.
Bee an advocate for CS Education – Study the data! Bee a story teller! Hadi Partovi at the ISTE2020 CS/CT Playground with Shaina Glass, Houston CSTA President:
I have shared solutions many times. Perhaps listening would help.
Please spend the majority of your time taking action not talking about the problem. Education is the only solution. My Bella with behavior problems says, I am sorry, I just didn’t understand what I needed to do. Please teach me the right thing to solve our problem.
I am working on listening to the impact of of diet. Not only in my Bella, but all.
Power Foods – do you eat them, do parents and schools provide them? What are we teaching?
Exercise Dance – the start of this post – add walking and talking to every school week!
This was a question I asked during one the ISTE 2020 Virtual Conference. Do I remember which session? No, I just remember asking the question and not getting an answer. I have 6 months to go back and learn more. The question is now on taking the time, one of our limited resources I taught about in Technology Systems at Westside HS. – Best course ever!!
I remember going to the Windsor Castle with my now high school grandson when he was in elementary school. Fastinating tour where I met the “Questionnaire” person with a funny hat on. I thought, we need that in every lunch room so kids could have conversations.