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Coffee and Joy

I had coffee with a new friend today. He brought his 10 month old. The experience was different than I remember, having small children. I’m no longer rushed the way I used to be. I have energy the way I never had. I just melted, looking into the toddler’s eyes. I felt such joy, handing …

Functions?! Why do I need to know this? – HS Intro to Python Class at End of 2021-2022 School Year

TL;DR, Summary, Breakdown Function use is equivalent to using names for things, actions, people, etc. Reuse of functions is secondary to the simplicity provided by naming things This is a superpower We were winding down the Introduction to Python lecture. There were three of us leading the class, Teacher O, Tutor E, and myself. I …

1:1 – Observations on Computer Science Education and by a first-time volunteer/teacher

TL;DR, Summary, Breakdown I found one on ones to be essential in leadership. I reflect on how important they are in teaching computer science in high school in their ability to connect teacher and student and uncovering unseen I have really loved my 1:1 time with students this year.[1] I’ve had the luxury of spending …

Leadership Level-up: A black, female entrepreneur gives valuable coaching and business lessons

TL;DR, Summary, Breakdown, Synopsis Joanie Baucum-Robinson taught a synthesis of valuable lessons to community leaders A diverse group of students were able to connect and apply lessons weekly Students supported each other, strengthening community Joanie is a charismatic force For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been taking Joanie Baucum-Robinson’s Leadership Level-up at the Community Forge …

An Observation On Emotion from a Gifted Stoic

TLDR/Summary Problem solving is an emotional super-power, which requires putting emotion aside IMHO: professionals are in a crisis because we use this super power too much and go beyond our sustainable limits A feelings diagram might help you get back in touch [1] I’m a fantastic stoic. I’m able to push away emotion and exist in thought. This makes me …

Essay (Short) – Adapting to teaching and learning without all the tools we need: Headsets

Summary Edit: Don’t forget the easy stuff Good headsets and headphones are an essential tool in teaching in hybrid classroom/virtual environments. Underfunded classrooms are more likely to lack good equipment. How do we fix this? The Story (that’s a stretch…) This morning I was trying to teach a student 1:1, 1000 miles away. It works …

The Net Promoter: Workday Jobs fails to make leap from enterprise to consumer product. Will HR depts. be left asking, “why isn’t anyone applying?”

Summary Workday has convinced customers like electronic medical record companies, major universities, and major manufacturers that their HR system would work for applicant tracking and hiring. Candidates need separate login credentials for each separate company they want to apply to. Candidates can’t use the same resume between companies. Candidates have to go through a UX …

Balancing Customers in Conflict: AirBnb supports a renter by bending policy, screwing the guest, while failing to explain why…

Summary: I booked a trip in Summer 2021, which I chose to cancel because of wildfires. The AirBnb policy on extenuating circumstances appears to cover “declared emergencies.” AirBnb had to arbitrate, ultimately coming down on the side of the renter AirBnb customer service failed to explain why they did not honor the extenuating circumstance policy …

Cameras on? Hyper self-consciousness in the classroom and workplace … September 2021

I have been teaching computer science remotely through Microsoft Teams for the past month. At the beginning, all the students had their cameras on. Now, about 1/3 of their cameras on. When I was working through Covid, there was some debate about whether we should always have our cameras on in remote meetings. I bought …

Net Promoter: The limbo of a consumer between corporate partnerships

Summary Gamestop and DoorDash have a partnership to deliver same-day In my experience, each handed off responsibility for a failed delivery and lost product to the other and no less than 6 conversations by chat and phone. Analyzing the communication/customer service channels is enough to hypothesize a systemic issue In my experience, partnerships in medical …

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