This is my new mantra. Joining the AP CS50 Pilot Team has definitely made me take a giant step out of my comfort zone. But wait, wasn't I the one who felt that the CS I teach could be so much better than it was? Wasn't that me telling my co-teachers that I felt I could do a much better job? Isn't this exactly what I was looking for?
So, when I saw a posting about the course I signed up to take it and applied for the bootcamp. After I hit enter there was a sudden panic. What was I thinking? Well, they probably wouldn't pick me anyway. Then the email arrived to let me know I was in and assigned homework. Feeling both elation and terror I set to work.
Fast forward to July. The bootcamp was energizing and full of so much information. Everyone there was supportive and interesting. It became clear that I was not alone with my nerves and that we are all in this together. Most importantly, everyone there is willing to try something new and we will learn together.
Now I am dedicated to using the CS50 AP curriculum and hope to be just as awesome a teacher for my own students. Already our wiki has been a source of help. Here is my new friend Jaime who gave us such great ideas for the Peanut Butter & Jelly demo - since in most of our schools do not allow PB in the room.
So, September is coming soon and I will continue to document the experience. I won't see students until September 8th and then the first week is always a bit confusing. We all have nerves at the beginning. My plan is to also have the students set up blogs - these can be found as a page on our class website where I will also post my lessons, assignments, etc: http://kellytechclass.com/