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 19: No Longer PyCon Newbies

    May 5th, 2019  |  38 mins 35 secs
    live, pycon, python

    Kelly and Sean reflect on their first ever PyCon in Cleveland, Ohio. Topics include the Education Summit, amazing people we've met, cross-stitch embroidery problem solving using Python, and mini-interviews with attendees.

  • Episode 18: Mini-Episode: Pre-PyCon Top 5

    April 24th, 2019  |  8 mins
    pycon, python

    Kelly and Sean are headed to their first PyCon next week. In this special mini-episode, they discuss their Top 5 things that they're looking forward to at the conference. Are you going? Want to meet up with us? Send us a tweet!

  • Episode 17: Abstraction and Analytical Thinking

    April 22nd, 2019  |  47 mins 29 secs
    abstraction, analytical thinking, python, teaching

    Kelly and Sean get motivation from Michael Kennedy’s podcast Beginners and Experts. Where Michaels and the panelists discuss, how do you go about attacking a problem? In this episode, Kelly and Sean digest abstraction and analytical thinking in the school setting and how computational thinking plays a part in all this. They discuss the activities that are used to help promote these skills.

  • Episode 16: When Philosophy and Python COLLIDE! - Part 2

    April 2nd, 2019  |  44 mins 31 secs
    deep learning, machine learning, philosophy, python

    Sean and Kelly continue their conversation about the philosophy and ethics of machine learning and artificial intelligence in Python. This episode focuses more on resources and tools for AI learning after last episode's focus on philosophy and ethics.

  • Episode 15: When Philosophy and Python COLLIDE! - Part 1

    March 20th, 2019  |  40 mins 28 secs
    ai, deep learning, machine learning, philosophy, python

    After a two day workshop on AI and Deep Learning, Kelly and Sean get philosophical about Python. From deep fakes to logical proofs to future non-driving generations that rely on self-driving cars, they'll explore the close relationship between computer science, ethics, and philosophy

  • Episode 14: Innovation In An Innovative Field

    March 7th, 2019  |  43 mins 25 secs
    education, innovation, teaching

    With their school's Innovation Institute coming up, Kelly and Sean explore the topic of innovation in education. How do you cultivate it in yourself and others? What skills help you become more innovative? How do you teach it?

  • Episode 13: Block-based Python with Josh Lowe

    March 1st, 2019  |  35 mins 28 secs
    edublocks, python, teaching

    In this episode, Kelly and Sean talk to Joshua Lowe, a Python entrepreneur who invented Edublocks to help bridge the gap from Scratch to Edublocks and then into Python 3. Joshua started learning Python in 2013 and wanted to find a way to make Python easier for others to understand.

  • Episode 12: Intercontinental Python with Bob and Julian from PyBites

    February 21st, 2019  |  44 mins 45 secs
    code challenges, guests, pybites, python

    In this episode, Kelly and Sean meet Bob and Julian from PyBit.es to discuss strategies, and how to seek advice and motivation when learning Python.

  • Episode 11: Signs of True Learning

    February 14th, 2019  |  30 mins 33 secs
    learning, pedagogy, python

    How do you know your students are really learning in Computer Science? In this episode, Sean and Kelly dig into developing the learner-centered classroom and some of the pedagogical philosophy of how to look for learning in your teaching.

  • Episode 10: Teaching with Python Turtle

    February 3rd, 2019  |  37 mins 41 secs
    loops, python, turtle

    This week, we're discussing how to use a very old programming tool to teach modern concepts. That's right, it's the return of the Turtle tool! Kelly and Sean will explore why this 53-year old concept still works so well to teach fundamental programming concepts.

  • Episode 9: Python For Future Engineers

    January 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    adult learners, college, guests, python

    This week, we're joined by Peter Kazarinoff, Professor of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Portland Community College to discuss how adult learners can learn Python, the use of Jupyter notebooks as teaching tools, and some of the common goals of learners of diverse ages, backgrounds, and education levels.

  • Episode 8: Persistence in Python

    January 21st, 2019  |  37 mins 12 secs
    pedagogy, persistence, python, teaching

    Persistence is defined as the ability to stick with something. In the educational world, it is often used interchangeably with the phrases: Sticktoitiveness, grit, or perseverance.

    In this episode, we will discuss how to develop persistence in programming for all learners. Whether your students already have an innate ability to stick with coding or if you are hoping to instill the “desire” in your students, Sean and Kelly will examine ways that they develop persistence in programming in their classrooms.