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My name is Janice, also known by my kids as "Evil D" and I've taught computer science for 30 years. I have extensive experience in curriculum design and implementation. My resources have taken students from introductory programming to Advanced Placement success! My computer programming team had over 100 students from grades 9 to 12 and we regularly made it to the provincial finals. During the last few years I have had 90+ students write the Waterloo Computing Competition (CCC). On the computer engineering side, I designed the curriculum for an introductory engineering course and I also ran a FIRST robotics team for 5 years.

 
I have taught using differentiated instruction in a flipped classroom model long before either of them were buzzwords. Never give answers - only ask more questions! Students need to get there under their own steam otherwise they haven't earned the knowledge and it won't stick! You can't learn how to drive a car in a classroom. You need to be behind the wheel and experience the reality and then try to analyze what you did. The point of programming is to use it as a tool to help students learn how to learn. The language is just the vehicle.
 

 I have a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I taught myself how to program and as a result of my own journey I understand how students learn programming.

Additional Bio Info: I have been a certified Advanced Placement teacher for over twenty years in Java as well as C.

 Literacy is necessary whether you're a doctor, a mechanic or a programmer.  Reading and following instructions.  Writing summaries and opinion articles.  These are all necessary no matter what profession you decide on. The topics for this resource are up to you.  A list of IT topics has been provided but the resource could be used for anything.  

Industries' biggest complaint is that programmers don't communicate well. This assignment has two purposes:  increase the level of reading and writing as well as cover specific topics in information technology that don't include coding.

Building a computer programming team can be a daunting task.  This document will give you some tips how to start and build a team.  I started with 4 students and worked my way up to 3 full teams involving 100+ students.

This resource is not linked to any particular programming language.  I also provide links to problem repositories and contest sites as well as a link to girls only websites.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Computer-Journal-3361985