I’m curious about my world and love purposeful, exploratory mathematics & creative coding. Reading: The Joy of X, The Design and Analysis Of Algorithms, Blink, The Elements of Computing Systems, Daring Fireball, The Nature of Code, Visualizing Data, Programming Interactivity, Inspired By: Seymour Papert, Charley Harper, Gever Tulley, Bees & Bombs, Daniel Shiffman’s Coding Train, Saskia Freeke, & my family. Current favorite Gary Stager Quote: “Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer or YouTube, probably should be.” Previous favorite Gary Stager Quote: “It’s the job of the teacher to introduce his/her students to things they don’t know they love yet.”
In my first three iterations as a teacher at Riverpoint Academy, I designed and ran our Makerspace. Glenn Williams and I created a frenetic & beautiful humanities + manufacturing + physical computing course called, “Inventioneering” and pushed our students with outrageous deadlines, professional software/hardware, microcontrollers and human stories. Our students designed real things, for real people. My favorite personal projects are my Coffee Table Arcade, Simple Pedal Board and Pascal’s Dots Pedestal (collaboration with my students Taylor, Lexi and Anna)
My imposter syndrome makes me want to put an * on this one. I love algorithms and novel solutions to problems. I’m a big fan of recreating the wheel so I can figure out how it works. I’m currently in love with Creative Coding and want to grow as an artist. I’m on GitHub, I love projecteuler.net, I tolerate Visual Basic, enjoy Mathematica & functional programming, but my heart will always belong to Processing. SRSLY, So. Much. Fun. Current Project: Pascal’s Dots. Next Project: A progressive web app to facilitate our Khan Academy coaching and real-time reporting.
This is what I was created to do. I’ve had the opportunity to work with high school students across many disciplines, and am convinced that meaningful learning is most probable in a project-based context. I’m a former behaviorist who fell in love with Papert’s Constructionsim. Struggle is essential to learning, as are quality tasks. I’m learning to be less helpful and to better coach my students. Happy to report that I perform my knowledge for students far less often these days.