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Teaching With Scratch

3 Credits
Scratch is a free, easy-to-learn computer programming platform that enables users of all ages and abilities to design creative projects. Using brightly colored drag-and-drop blocks, Scratchers can construct games, animate stories, illustrate simulations, and more. This fully online course will focus on familiarizing participants with Scratch tools, developing classroom practices that enhance students' computational thinking skills, and facilitating collaboration with colleagues to support implementation efforts. All of the readings and activities included in this course support the Common Core Mathematics Content and Practice Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators. This course may be completed with or without students.

This course is applicable towards the STEM Teaching Certificate.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.