Teaching Python

We're two middle school teachers learning and teaching Python

About the show

A podcast by Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school computer science, problem-solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language.

Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches sixth and seventh-grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her third year using Python.

Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and founding a digital marketing agency. This is his third year teaching Python to seventh and eighth-grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  • Episode 77: The Power of Bots in the Computer Science Classroom

    October 15th, 2021  |  46 mins 1 sec
    finch, python, robotics, teaching
  • Episode 76: Current Teaching Experiments

    September 28th, 2021  |  37 mins 45 secs
    code reviews, coding, python, teaching, testing

    Kelly and Sean discuss their latest experiments in the classroom, including student peer code reviews, testing code for correctness, and creating comfy environments for coding.

  • Episode 75: Lunch with Kelly & Sean

    September 9th, 2021  |  47 mins 5 secs
    livestream, python, teaching

    A lunchtime livestream with Kelly and Sean talking about setting up learning environments for students, coaching and setting high expectations for students, and the new tools we're using this year for teaching code.

  • Episode 74: Bringing CS Standards to Life

    August 5th, 2021  |  53 mins 35 secs
    computer_science, csta, teaching

    With the new school year upon us, we're talking about CSTA standards and how they can be applied to the classroom environment. Join Kelly and Sean as they talk through ways to plan, deliver, and assess CS student standards.

  • Episode 73: Designing Curriculum with Quinten Sheriff

    July 23rd, 2021  |  56 mins 17 secs
    curriculum, python, teaching

    The Teaching Python podcast speaks with Quinten Sheriff COncordia , an Instructional Designer, e-learning implementation specialist, and curriculum developer with global experience on four continents. A systems thinker who uses instructional models such as ADDIE, AGILE, SAM, ARCS.

    In this episode, we will explore topics such as designing curriculum for the next year, and what it means to design for instruction versus designing for content.

  • Episode 72: Catching Up

    July 6th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    learning, machine learning, python, teaching

    It's been a few weeks since we recorded, so this week's episode is all about catching up on listener questions and mail. Highlights include the new AWS machine learning course we're taking, whether we'd rather be teachers or coders, and the new Adafruit hardware we're trying.

  • Episode 71: Summer Professional Development with John Mikton

    June 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
    learning, professional development, python, summer, teaching

    With summer finally here in the northern hemisphere, Kelly and Sean meet with John Mikton from the Principals Training Center to talk about professional development resources for teachers during these long summer days. From technical resources to pedagogical research to classroom layout ideas, we'll talk about some of the things we're excited to learn this summer.

  • Episode 70: Teaching with Visual Studio Code

    June 8th, 2021  |  42 mins 20 secs

    Continuing our Education IDE series, Kelly and Sean meet with Brigit Murtaugh and Sana Ajani from the VS Code team for education. We'll talk about everything from remote teaching to accelerating the setup of a learning environment with VS Code and development containers.

  • Episode 69: Teaching with PyCharm Edu

    May 26th, 2021  |  59 mins 16 secs
    ide, pycharm, python

    Continuing our Education IDE series, Kelly and Sean talk with Valentina Kiryushkina, a developer on the PyCharm Edu team to learn all about how JetBrains supports teaching and learning Python. With everything from online courses to creating classroom assignments, we're sure you'll find something to like about PyCharm Edu.

  • Episode 68: Learning How To Learn with Barbara Oakley

    May 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    coding, cognitive psychology, learning, pedagogy

    This week, Kelly & Sean chat with Barbara Oakley, author of the upcoming books Uncommon Sense Teaching and Learn Like a Pro. Together, we talk about everything from learning Russian to the ways that the brain processes information and how teachers can best help students learn.

  • Episode 67: Mu Editor: Part 1 of the Education IDE Series

    May 11th, 2021  |  56 mins 59 secs
    editors, mu, programming, python

    Kelly and Sean kick off part 1 of their Education IDE series with Nick Tollervey and the Mu Editor, a Python editor for beginners with modes for "pure Python," MicroPython, CircuitPython, PyGame, Flask web apps, and more.

  • Episode 66: Designing Projects with Python Libraries

    May 4th, 2021  |  46 mins 55 secs
    computer science, images, pillow, projects, teaching

    In this episode, Sean and Kelly, share a brainstorming activity on designing projects with Python libraries. We have a special guest Mike Driscoll, author of several books and the blog "The Mouse vs The Python". In this episode we will use the Python Library Pillow to brainstorm some creative ways that Pillow can and has been used to teach students about Python Libraries.