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 seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her first 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 running his own digital marketing agency. He's currently teaching Python to sixth and eighth grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time.

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Episodes

  • Episode 40: A New Way of Teaching

    March 28th, 2020  |  37 mins 55 secs
    distance learning, online, teaching

    With our campus closed due to COVID-19 and distance learning in full swing, Kelly and Sean discuss the brighter side of all these sudden changes to education.

  • Episode 39: Livestreaming about Distance Learning

    March 20th, 2020  |  50 mins 51 secs
    coronavirus, distance learning, livestream

    Kelly and Sean stream their show on Twitch as the world moves to quarantines and distance learning. What does this mean for teaching and coding? Learn about the things we took home from our classroom and how we are planning to teach in this new COVID-19 quarantined world.

  • Episode 38: Fun with the Arcade Library and Paul Craven

    March 2nd, 2020  |  41 mins 19 secs
    computer science, game design, gaming, python, teaching

    Trying to find an easier way to get students excited about programming? Feeling stuck with the PyGame library? Paul Craven, maintainer of the Arcade Python library joins us to talk about using game design to teach programming.

  • Episode 37: What Happens Behind The Scenes While Teaching Python

    February 3rd, 2020  |  52 mins 16 secs
    education, lego, python, robotics, teaching

    It's not always easy to be a Python teacher. Whether it's trying to find the right words to explain something, handling severe frustration, building perseverance, or losing students while coding together, Python teachers are facing problems beyond just the code. Sean and Kelly discuss five of the things that frequently go wrong in the classroom and how we handle it.

  • Episode 36: An Interview with Peter Chan, 4th Grade Teacher

    January 12th, 2020  |  54 mins 55 secs
    education, elementaryeducation, python

    Peter Chan is a 4th grade teacher in Quebec, Canada. In addition to using Python in his classroom, Peter also employs maker techniques, math exploration, and English language skills.

  • Episode 35: Not Just Coders

    December 18th, 2019  |  38 mins 53 secs
    diversity, education, learning, python, sel

    In this episode, Kelly and Sean explore the idea that everyone should learn to code-- not to become a programmer but for so much more! How do we continue to foster an interest in coding for those kids that are not so interested in computer science?

  • Episode 34: Bonus: Holiday Buying Guide

    November 28th, 2019  |  16 mins 11 secs
    buying guide, education, python, teaching

    In celebration of the great retail holiday of Black Friday, Kelly and Sean share their holiday buying guide for computer science teachers, including 3d printers, #PythonHardware, and books.

  • Episode 33: Interview with Eric Matthes

    November 25th, 2019  |  56 mins 29 secs
    interviews, python, teaching

    Kelly and Sean interview Eric Matthes, author of Python Crash Course, about how he began programming, what led him to teaching, and the important lessons from Python to be learned both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Episode 32: Teaching Python With TwilioQuest

    November 20th, 2019  |  43 mins 50 secs
    gaming, guests, python

    Kelly and Sean embark on an epic journey with Kevin Whinnery from TwilioQuest to learn more Python in the classroom. From the TwilioQuest Website: Learn to code and lead your intrepid crew on a mission to save The Cloud in TwilioQuest, a PC role-playing game inspired by classics of the 16-bit era.

  • Episode 31: The School of 2024

    November 11th, 2019  |  46 mins 31 secs
    ar, education, machine learning, predictions, vr

    In this episode, Kelly and Sean discuss plausible trends in machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and data science that we may see in schools by 2024. We focus on 5 areas from microscale in the classroom to macro across the entire educational system.

  • Episode 30: Teaching Adult Learners

    November 5th, 2019  |  55 mins 39 secs
    adult education, python, teaching

    In this episode, Kelly and Sean speak to Reuven Lerner about how to teach adult learners and people switching to Python from other languages. Reuven is a corporate trainer of Python and Data Science. He helps developers around the world learn how to code in Python. As fellow teachers, we dive into the similarities and differences of teaching adults versus students. What works? What is new and interesting?

  • Episode 29: Non-Traditional Python Education

    October 28th, 2019  |  48 mins 6 secs
    guests, panel, python

    This week, Kelly and Sean are joined by Brianne Caplan from Code Your Dreams and Gabrielle Rabinowitz from the BridgeUP: STEM Program at the American Museum of Natural History to discuss K-12 Python Education that happens outside of a traditional classroom.