A response to Stuart Reges “Why Women Don’t Code”

Today I opened up the Sunday Seattle Times newspaper for a relaxing read with my morning coffee. I noticed a little “letter to the editor” in which a professor from the University of Washington responded to women who had responded to his article about women in the computer sciences fields. As a new computer coding teacher I was immediately intrigued. I googled Mr. Reges’ article and read it. My primary thought as I was reading through his long article was, “huh”. I know, not very intellectual, but I am firmly perplexed by his apparent position that men and women have different brains and so choose different careers. I realize that the nature vs. nurture dialogue rages on and has for the past several thousand years but I was under the impression that the current brain research had debunked the idea that human brains are hardwired for one type of learning Read More →

Teaching Order of Operations

Today we tried something different for teaching Order of Operations and it was GOOD. Here’s the set up: We made 8 1/2×11 laminated number cards, two sets of 0 through 9, as well as operator cards, two sets of +, -, *, division symbol, ( and ). Then I was going to have the kids use scratch paper, which will work just fine, but decided at the last minute to use the mini-whiteboards (and the standing white boards ~ more on these later). I think that was a good choice. The kids really love them and it adds an element of engagement. Do you have those? They’re not that expensive anymore and well worth the investment. That’s it on supplies. Then I started by doing a quick review/overview of Order of Operations. These are 6th graders and they had seen this math in 5th grade. Then I explained that we Read More →