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Ted Alper

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Registered: 12/6/04
Teaching AP Computer Science
Posted: May 11, 2000 4:05 PM
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There is some chance that I will be teaching AP computer science at a
local high school next year (I'm *not* a credentialed teacher, though
I do have some related experience -- I've worked in distance education
for many years, I coach regional math teams, and I've taught students
in a youth program at a nearby community college. In any case, they
are apparently quite desperate to find someone to do it. I think it's
troubling that a relatively well-to-do Silicon Valley school is unable to
find a computer science teacher, but perhaps that's another discussion
topic.) I am comfortable with dealing with students; I know the
content of the course -- but I am very much new to public high school
teaching, and to computer science pedagogy, and I welcome advice about
either.

I think some of the ideas of math reform apply even more naturally to
programming and computer science -- especially the use of co-operative
learning, and some stress on coming up with one's own algorithms.
Indeed, it might not even be considered "reform" in computer science,
since many cs classes were using these ideas long before the current
math reform debates.

Anyway, I would be very interested in hearing from anyone with experience
teaching high school computer science, especially the current AP version.

Ted Alper
alper@epgy.stanford.edu





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