Welcome to CS 301!

Teaching Techniques for Computer Science
Fall 2009

Friday 4:00-5:30
405 Soda

Brian Barsky
Brian Harvey

Colleen Lewis

General Info

Holt  = How Children Fail, Holt, J.C. 1995.
TT    = Tools for Teaching, Davis, B.G., Jossey-Bass; San Francisco, 2009.
The TT links below take you to an older version of Tools for Teaching.
Week Date Topic Homework due Reading due
Week 0.5 August 25 Optional Meeting A copy of your plan for the first day  
Week 1 August 28 Your First Section none Optional: TT:  I [3] The first day of class
Week 2 September 4 Strategies for discussion sections & enhancing students' learning and motivation Journal, Online Ethics Course TT:  III [9-13] Discussion Strategies,
TT:  VI [29-33] Enhancing Students' Learning and Motivation
Week 3 September 11 Strategy Journal,
Homework 1 Evaluate your teaching
Holt  1
Week 4 September 18 Collaborative and experiential strategies & teaching outside the classroom (office hours) Journal TT:  V [20-25] Alternatives to lecture,
TT:  XI [55-57] Outside the classroom,
The Tao of TALC
Week 5 September 25 Fear and failure Journal,
Homework 2 Observe another TA
Holt  2
Week 6 October 2 Diversity & evaluation to improve teaching Journal TT:  II [4-8] Classroom climate and students with special needs,
TT:  X [52-53] Evaluation to improve teaching,
Defensive Climates
Week 7 October 9 Real learning Journal Holt  3
Week 8 October 16 Testing, grading & instructional media and technology Journal,
Homework 3 Get feedback from your students
TT:  VIII [38-44] Testing and Grading,
TT:  IX [45-51] Presentation Technologies
Week 9 October 23 How schools fail Journal Holt  4, 5
Week 10 October 30 Homework assignments & wraping up your class Journal TT:  VII [24-27] Strengthening students' writing and problem-solving,
TT:  XII [59-61] Finishing up
Week 11 November 6   Journal,
Homework 4 Video tape your section
Week 12 November 13 Optional meeting    
Week 13 November 20 Optional meeting    
Week 14 November 27 No Class - Thanksgiving    
Week 15 December 4 Optional meeting