Posted: Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:46
Hello MS World!
My name is Bobby Oommen, and I am excited to be the '18-'19 school year moderator for the MS Group on the CS for All Teachers Community.
Just a bit about me - I teach middle school computer science at the Latin School of Chicago. This is my 4th year of teaching CS, and 13th year of teaching overall. I love teaching, basketball, Chicago sports, and 80's hair bands, but I promise to keep this space free from any references to the latter three. I'm a dad to four kids ranging from 12 years old to 5 years old, and as is the case for many of you, life is busy.
With this first post, I wanted to do two things: (1) CLARIFY who this MS Group is for and (2) Ask you to REPLY and post about anything you would like to learn about/discuss/find more resources for, etc.
So to the first point - If you don't have a local community of middle school CS Educators whom you can go to for help, support, resources, etc., this group can be that group for you! If you do have a community of CS Educators, consider this group as another community you can be a part of, and especially one where you can contribute and share all the things you do in your MS CS class to make it rock. Look to expand your network beyond your local school and region, and consider the benefits and perspectives you can gain from having a national network of peers.
To the second point - I invite you to REPLY and TELL the rest of us what you'd like to learn more about, discuss further, find more resources for, etc. Don't be bashful! As we tell our students, "No question or request is stupid...there are probably many others who are wondering/wanting the same thing!" I invite you to take a risk and see if you can post once this school year (even a quick reply will work!) in this community.
What can you expect from me for this upcoming year?
1. Weekly posts with relevant content - Once I hear back from y'all (another plug to REPLY!) I'd like to set up a schedule of topics to discuss and share over the course of the year. I also think if you have a schedule, you can choose when to tune back into the group both to contribute something and to receive something.
2. Tons of growth - I've never done something like this before. Moderated an online community of 1000+ people? Nope. Create and find relevant weekly content for a diverse group of CS educators? Sorry, haven't done that either.
You know what though? I want to learn. I want to learn from you. Maybe my efforts will be helpful, but maybe they won't. Maybe you will find something super useful, maybe you won't. As you and I know from the world of teaching...things rarely ever go exactly to plan, but there is always something to learn in the process.
I'm super excited to help facilitate this group, and looking forward to connecting with you throughout the year.
P.S. Don't forget to reply!