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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  • 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.

  • Episode 28: 10 Things We Wish We Knew

    October 20th, 2019  |  33 mins 44 secs
    education, python, reflection, teaching

    Has it already been a year of learning and teaching Python for Kelly and Sean? In this episode, our co-hosts talk about the things they wish they knew a year ago to make their Python journey even better.

  • Episode 27: Automate the Boring Teaching Stuff

    October 4th, 2019  |  43 mins 14 secs
    automation, coding, python

    Isn’t it surprising how much repetition goes into the job of teaching? What if you could use Python to automate that and focus on the work that adds the most value for your students? Or at least eliminate the boring teaching stuff like transferring grades or setting up iPads.

  • Episode 26: Building Lessons and Planning the Curriculum

    September 3rd, 2019  |  48 mins 56 secs
    design, python, teaching

    In this episode, Kelly and Sean discuss how their philosophy of teaching helps them to design their daily curriculum for their courses.

  • Episode 25: The Best Editors and IDEs for Teaching Python

    July 17th, 2019  |  34 mins 12 secs
    python, software, teaching

    In this episode, Sean and Kelly discuss their top 5 favorite editors for teaching (and learning) Python.