Computational Thinking for Teacher Education

Communications of the ACM

They were also discussed in 2015 in the Computing at School (CAS) framework and guide for teachers to enable teachers in the U.K. to incorporate computational thinking into their teaching work.10 CSTA/ISTE and CAS also provide pedagogical approaches to embed these capabilities across the curriculum in elementary and secondary classes. For example, CSTA/ISTE describes how the nine core computational thinking concepts and capabilities could be practiced in science classrooms by collecting and analyzing data from experiments (data collection and data analysis) and summarizing that data (data representation). Computational thinking is often mistakenly equated with using computer technology. Algorithms are central to both computer science and computational thinking.

Column: How I learned my own value as a black male teacher

PBS NewsHour

Black males should not have to wait years to experience their first black male teacher, writes our columnist. Editor's Note: Black males represent roughly 2 percent of all public school teachers in the U.S. While nonwhite educators are being hired at a higher proportional rate than white teachers, they're also leaving the teaching profession at a higher rate, according to a 2015 report from the Albert Shanker Institute. Ricky House teaches social studies at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. Black male teachers have played a critical role in his professional life as well as in his students' lives.

Learning takes more than teaching. It requires mentoring, training, parents and more

Los Angeles Times

To the editor: Karin Klein's opinion piece suggests mentoring to improve teaching skills. A good idea, but it doesn't address the core of the problem. People talk of "teaching" as if means "magically instill knowledge." It doesn't work that way; learning takes work. My definition: a teacher helps students learn.

If you want your kids to be fully literate, start reading to them when they're babies

Los Angeles Times

To the editor: As professors of developmental and educational psychology, we found this editorial of intense interest, particularly because we have published on the topic of literacy.

What works better than changing tenure laws? Treating teachers like professionals.

Los Angeles Times

To the editor: Sadly, nobody wins in the state Supreme Court's decision not to revisit a lower court ruling allowing teacher tenure rules to stand. Students and parents don't get protection from having weak teachers, and educators in the classroom do not shed the burden of protecting their own, good or bad. Isn't it time to try something new? We could begin by raising starting salaries of novice teachers. Next, make their teacher preparation courses less lecture-oriented.