Posted by Vicky Sedgwick and Kristeen Shabram on Feb 07, 2020
How can we plan instruction to effectively teach CS concepts and allow students to create artifacts related to them? 

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How can we plan instruction to effectively teach CS concepts and allow students to create artifacts related to them even with short classes, long timeframes between classes, and student absences? 

This was just one of the many questions discussed during the latest #csk8 chat on Twitter this past Tuesday. Vicky Sedgwick and Kristeen Shabram, both K–8 Representatives on the CSTA Board, co-moderated this week's chat: Overcoming Roadblocks & Pitfalls to Success in K–8 CS.

The community responded to the following questions: 

  1. How can we plan instruction to effectively teach CS concepts and allow students to create artifacts related to them even with short classes, long timeframes between classes, and student absences? 
  2. How can we organize our classes to allow time for feedback and iteration?
  3. What can we do to ensure that we have access to the devices and other resources necessary to teach CS to our students? 
  4. What strategies can we employ in the classroom to engage all students and help them be successful with CS? 
  5. Where do you find CS PD to help you grow and improve as a CS teacher and how has sit helped you to be a better CS teacher? 
  6. What other roadblocks or pitfalls are you experiencing teaching CS to 5–14 year-olds? How might the #csk8 community and @csteachersorg help you to overcome them? 

Check out the full transcript of the chat and share your thoughts! Tweet your ideas using #csk8 and tag @csteachersorg. 

CSTA talks computer science for 5–14 year-olds on Twitter, using #csk8, on most first and third Wednesdays at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET from September through June.