Webinar Presentation Slides - Inquiry Practices

Building a collaborative classroom culture is critical to success in teaching computer science. At the heart of building that culture are the computational practices of communication and collaboration that both AP ECS and AP CSP share. This webinar focused on inquiry strategies and equitable practices that can be combined to increase student skill in both communication and collaboration. A panel of experienced ECS teachers (2 of whom also teach AP CSP)—Keisha, Tennessee, Dan Rhode, and Jessica Jarboe—shared their successes and challenges related to three main topics:  journaling, managing small group work, and student presentations. An overall theme related to all three topics that emerged was: success requires beginning these strategies on day 1, repeating them often, and viewing each as a process that takes time for students. Having routines helps eliminate student anxiety and makes everything run more smoothly.

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