Comment: A typical week of school lunch for kids in Paris vs. New York Popular opinion would have it that French kids are superior to American ones in many ways. I don’t buy it. But there’s no disputing the fact France has a dramatically lower obesity rate than the United States, which they seem to accomplish by feeding their children Boeuf bourguignon and brie with a snack of bread and chocolate at 4pm every day. The stark differences in school lunches provide some answers: French kids are given time to eat hot, four-course meals that include a wide range of cheeses and artisanal breads while New York City public schools kids race through variations of starch with cheese with an “eat your colors” campaign to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption. If France faces restrictions on how much ketchup can be served weekly, the US government has at various times tried to pass ketchup off as a vegetable.
About high school computer science teachers I’m giving a talk at PyCon next Saturday about teachers. The title is “What teachers really need from us“. The first thing I should admit is that when I started thinking about this talk, I was sure that the list of what teachers needed from us was really long. What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? There’s no shortage of different opinions about how the education system should adapt to a shifting world and a future with unknown demands, but for the most part, only two dominant narratives of education reform have emerged. “The predominant narrative is that schools are broken,” said veteran educator and author Will Richardson recently at a gathering of teachers at Educon. “Our test scores aren’t great and kids aren’t learning what they need to be successful.” This narrative is dominated by those who believe schools need to be organized and funded differently, but Richardson claims that the essential outcomes of improved test scores and other measurable results are the same as the current system. “Different isn’t really different,” Richardson said. “It’s the same outcome, but maybe different paths to get there.”
What’s the argument for becoming a computer science teacher? February 7, 2011 at 9:08 am At the CE21 community meeting, I met Aman Yadav, an assistant professor in educational studies at Purdue. He’s actually teaching a CS methods course (how to teach CS effectively), in a program that teaches pre-service high school teachers! Educator's Guide to the Exhibition An Educator’s Guide for the “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” exhibition has been developed by the National Museum of Natural History to provide teachers with tools to plan a successful field trip to the exhibition, or lesson plans about the exhibition (if a visit is not possible). The guide offers information, strategies, and activities for teachers to use with middle school and high school students who have a range of knowledge about genomics – from the basics to a more advanced understanding of the subject. Like the supporting Unlocking Life's Code website, the Educator’s Guide includes activities to prepare students for a visit to the exhibit, to use during the exhibit, and to follow up after returning to the classroom. (Download PDF)
Best Childrens Books / Picture Books This page lists fun, clever books on math for kids. Math can be challenging, so when the usual explanations and strategies don't work, what's a teacher to do? Use math picture books! Teaching London Computing Computing is now a core part of the UK primary school syllabus. You don’t have to use computers to teach all the topics though, and even if you have no computing background as a teacher you may be surprised how much you know! We have created a spin-off from cs4fn for younger students to find out more about the fun side of computing called A Little Bit of cs4fn. It is still being developed, but already has areas on Spies, Superheroes, Robots, AIs and more. Activities
There are no computer science teachers in NY It is widely acknowledged that for New York City to prosper in the 21st century, its middle and high schools must teach computer science. What is not so well known is that there are no computer-science teachers in New York—at least not on paper. The state does not recognize computer science as an official subject, which means that teachers do not get trained in it while they are becoming certified as instructors. That's one reason public-school students have little exposure to the skills needed to snag computer-software programming jobs, which are expected to grow faster than any other profession during the next decade.