Stockholm Syndrome

“Every Descent Leads to a Greater Ascent.”

Wise words, no?

After being forced by the DOE spending two weeks at 36K, teaching approximately 20 classes computer programming, I developed positive feelings towards the situation. Where would the computer programming lead to? Which program works best with which classes? Is better than scratch? What about pencilcode, or the Foos? What about doing 3D design with tinkercad, and also photoshop? There was so much potential, and I needed to know what does a whole year of teaching coding actually look like.

It is not enough to just talk the talk – one must also “walk the walk.”  So, I have been going back to 36K to teach four classes (3 standard, 1 alternate) once a week, working with the teacher who took over the computer lab after the DOE Covid deployment ended. It is the best of both worlds: I can teach four classes coding/design (modeling all the while, what a n effective lesson looks like), then debrief with the other teacher who is in the lab with me, and lastly, plan her programming lessons for the classes she will teach the four days of the week.

So far I have been introducing the students to robotics and, and creating a 3d printing curriculum with the older students using tinkercad.

Stay tuned….

Thursday in the Lab

Five classes: some standard, some alt.

We did,,, and chrome music lab’s Song Maker app. Everyone was on task and on target. 🙂


Pencilcode is so Good

The introduction of to students who had finished taking a test. We tinkered with existing code and made a beautiful spirograph-style pattern.

Paper Commands

This class of five students familiarized themselves with arrow commands: move forward, turn left, and turn right. They are made of paper, though I really should laminate them.

This was used to introduce the beebot emulator website, which also uses arrows to command the beebot. But first, I modeled the beebot using Notebook software.

The students took turns using my bluetooth touch pad to command the beebot.

The Foos

This class of students worked together on the smartboard to solve the Foos puzzles.

We all got stuck on one, and even the paras gave it a try. We had to make use of the Repeat block and we could not figure it out.

To be continued next week!

BeeBots Online

Second time I am seeing the class this week. First time I pretended to be a robot and they programmed me to get to the lightswitch in the doorway…move forward x number of steps, turn left, turn right.

This time i had paper cutouts of robots and paper arrows for forward, turn left, turn right.

After showing the papers, i asked the kids if they had seen the website. They all said NO. So we went to the website on the smart board.

(FYI ..I was using a bluetooth touchpad to control the smartboard, to Wow effect from the students. They all wanted a try)

We went to beebot emulator website ( on the smartboard. I demonstrated how it works. I showed a couple of moves using the blank card mat, then had two students come up to command the beebot using the alphabet mat.

Then they all went to the computers to do their own explorations and programming.

One student came up to code the beebot travelling to the girl’s room on the school mat.

After the Test

Students had to take an online ELA test in the computer lab.

After the test, they relaxed with,,, and

First Day Schedule, Deployment October 2021

36K at 224

Redeployed again. My second term of duty.

This time I was sent to 36K at 224.

Very high-functioning 3-5 grade classroom, 12:1:2.

I may be sent to the main site to be the tech teacher. The main site is emotionally disabled (ED) middle schoolers.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire?


It is official: I have been sentenced, I mean, sent, to 36K.

June 2023