Experienced Teacher but New to CS

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Experienced teachers who are new to teaching CS may need to initially focus on professional learning related to Standard 1. CS Knowledge and Skills. Beyond that, they should use the Self-Reflection Worksheets and the indicators detailed within each standard to determine where their professional learning should focus.

How to Complete Self-Reflection

In order to use the CS Teachers Self-Reflection Worksheets, teachers should save a copy of the worksheets for Standard 1 and for Standards 2-5 in their Google Drive (by clicking the Create Copy buttons below and then clicking on Use Template) or download a PDF of each of the worksheets to be printed. This will allow for continual reference to and updating of the worksheets as the teacher grows as a professional.

It is likely that teachers will not complete all standards and/or all information for each standard at the same time. For example, if a teacher is attending professional development about equity, the teacher may concentrate on appropriate indicators on Standard 2. Equity and Inclusion and Standard 3. Personal Growth and Identity, or if a school or district administrator has asked a teacher to concentrate on learning content, teachers may concentrate on the Standard 1. CS Knowledge and Skills.

Self-Reflection Worksheets

Because Standard 1 refers to the CS content that a teacher needs to know in order to teach content to students, a tab has been provided for each grade band in the CSTA K-12 CS Standards with the student standards as indicators (see the bottom of the spreadsheet).

For Standard 1 tabs, teachers should:

  • Hide or delete the grade band tabs (or pages in the PD version) that do not apply to them. For example, an elementary CS teacher, may want to hide, delete, or remove the grade band tabs for grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12 while a high school CS teacher, may want to hide, delete, or remove the grade band tabs for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
  • Teachers in states and districts that have their own K-12 CS Student Standards may want to replace the CSTA K-12 standards in their copy of the worksheet with their CS student standards.

Find Aligned PD

Once teachers have performed a self-assessment using the appropriate Self-Reflection Worksheets, they can plan for specific, targeted professional development opportunities that will enhance or improve their professional skills based on their areas for growth.

License & Attribution

Authors: Vicky Sedgwick, Deborah Seehorn, Dan Blier, Joanne Barrett, Annette Walt, Laura Campbell, and Kimberly Smith

Suggested Citation: Sedgwick, V., Seehorn, D., Blier, D., Barrett, J., Walt, A., Campbell, L., and Smith, K. (2023). K-12 CS Reflective Teachers. CSTA Standards for CS Teachers. Retrieved from https://csteachers.org/reflective-teachers.

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