In this guest post, TIS Brooke Hall (@BrookeHallTIS) describes her first encounters with CS First by Google. Brooke attended a workshop to learn more about the curriculum and to discover ways to use the lessons with students.
Guest contributor Amber Anania (@msanania) is a 7th grade language arts teacher at Westfield Middle School who recently became a Google Certified Educator Level 1. In this post, she shares her experiences preparing for and taking the qualification exam.
Ah, the life of an eCoach. You are the cheerleader, the champion, the confidant, and the caretaker. At the beginning of the day, you're a hero for fixing a Kahoot crisis, but by lunch time, you're sorting through emails of frustration about the district's new LMS. Your day is a wild roller coaster ride of highs and lows, of twists and curves and near misses. Many of you were classroom teachers before stepping into this role, and you experience the same cycles of frustration and pride that you did in your own classrooms.
Those of us who chose to become educators probably did so in part because we have fond memories of school. We excelled in traditional classrooms, and we learned from teachers who changed our lives for the better - teachers we hoped to emulate in our own classrooms. These teachers lectured. They assigned worksheets. They gave hours worth of homework and ended the semester with 150 scantron questions. If the teachers we remember most dearly succeeded using these methods, why don’t they work in our own classrooms?