More on pedagogical content knowledge

There’s more to it than just “knowing the tricks of the trade.”

Formulated by Lee Shulman:

PCK is (1) knowing how to organize and present the curriculum for students, (2) being aware of misconceptions, prior knowledge, and particular problems students may have when learning new subject matter, and (3) having specific methods or strategies for the classroom situation or environment.

This is what i want to establish & advance: PCK in K-12 Computing education.

Have you ever noticed itโ€™s better to use a visual representation for introductions and conclusions when teaching 5-paragraph essays, but itโ€™s better to use an audio file to introduce rhyme and meter in your poetry unit? Or, have you seen better test scores when you teach electricity before fluid mechanics in Physics? Or, the circulatory [โ€ฆ]Source: Pedagogical Content Knowledge – Learning Bird

Introducing Mike’s axioms

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Introducing…. Mike’s Axioms for Computing Instruction.

As I do more and more teaching and lesson writing, I’ve started collecting the gemmiest of my design principles.

Little by little I’ll record them here in the blog with some examples and the reasoning behind them, and hopefully they’ll be a useful reference for me and others. As I deepen my formal knowledge and gain more hours of practical experience, I’ll come back and elaborate or revisit.

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