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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Episodes

  • Episode 4: Top Python Books For Teachers

    December 24th, 2018  |  31 mins 13 secs
    books, programming, python

    In this episode, Sean and Kelly go through their top books for teachers to learn about Python and teach students. With everything from coding your own games in Python, to automating the boring stuff, there's something for every teacher here.

  • Episode 3: Anticipating the Click and Flow

    December 17th, 2018  |  34 mins 14 secs
    education, flow, metacognition, python

    Kelly and Sean discuss the importance of the 'click' when learning Python and identify strategies for encouraging a state of flow in classrooms. What is the click moment? How do you know when flow is achieved?

  • Episode 2: The First Week of Python

    December 10th, 2018  |  29 mins 54 secs
    getting started, mu editor, newbies, python

    What does the first week of Python look like for new coders? Where do you start? Is it better to jump right in or give them a softer start? We'll talk about everything from what exercises work best, how to get new Python coders started with an IDE like Mu Editor, and more.

  • Episode 1: Hello World

    December 5th, 2018  |  30 mins 48 secs
    education, getting started, python, tynker

    Our very first episode! Kelly and Sean talk about how to get started teaching Python, including how to set up a room for computer science, what books and podcasts were most useful, the joys of Tynker, and how to set your own expectations for how to teach Python for others.