Posted: Sun, 03/01/2020 - 12:32
Each month, we highlight a member of the CS for All Teachers community.
Name: Michael Babler
Occupation: Director of Instructional Technology
Workplace: Divine Savior Academy
Years in education: 14
Years teaching computer science: 6
TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)
What interests you about CS?
I enjoy CS because you can use it to solve problems and see immediate results of your work.
How did you start teaching CS? Do you have a background in CS?
I've always had an interest in computers, but never had any formal training in CS. I started teaching it because of my interest and a need at my school.
CS EDUCATION COMMUNITY
How do you get other teachers, administrators, and community members excited about CS?
Showcase the excitement that CS builds. I like to show what students have done and brag about their accomplishments.
What excites you most about the current state of CS education in the US?
CS education opportunities are growing. It's really exciting to see the number of students from all backgrounds learning how CS can be useful to them.
What do you enjoy most about participating in CS for All Teachers?
CS for All Teachers is a home for those who are searching for support. I was the only CS teacher at my smallish private school and there was no one else to look to for help. CS for All Teachers fosters collaboration, resource sharing, and opportunities for Q&A.
Besides the CS for All Teachers community of practice, what is your favorite CS tool or resource?
I love coordinating my school's participation in the Hour of Code each year. It's fun to see all the opportunities that are presented by numerous CS partners and how much the students enjoy participating in the coding experience.
What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to potential CS educators?
Just jump in! Much of the foundation of CS is basic and logical. You can learn along with the students as concepts become more complex.
TELL US MORE!
What do you do to recharge after a long day (or week, month, year, etc.) of teaching?
Reading a John Grisham book or watching something on the Discovery Channel.