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Fall 2018 - Wyman/Park Library Newsletter

Computer Science Core Concepts

The start to the 2018-19 school year has been productive. The library department in Warwick met for our Professional Development to add the RI Computer Science Core Concepts to our Library Curriculum. At the K-5 level, computer concepts mesh well with traditional library media standards and the RI Governor's Initiative - Computer Science 4 RI is being met at the elementary level in the library classrooms of Warwick.
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What does CS look like in the library Classroom?

It may surprise you to learn that many Computer Science concepts are taught without computers. These lessons are called unplugged lessons and help students learn how computers use coded language to follow steps (algorithms) to complete tasks. When those steps are written in a language a computer can understand, you have a program. Below students use symbols, like directional arrows to write a program for another student (the robot) to follow.
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Learning Perseverance

In other CS lessons, students are challenged to create something that is very difficult in order to learn perseverance. The 2nd grade students above are using wooden tongue depressors and clay to try and build a structure that will hold up a book. This will help them to learn not to give up, but to keep on trying. Failure helps us learn.

Blended Learning

This year, I am working with Highlander Institute as a Fuse Fellow to help support Blended Learning in my classroom and also with my partner district Little Compton. Blended Learning requires teachers to use data to combine face to face teacher instruction and online learning so that students are given voice and choice over where and when they learn, or control over the pace of their learning.

Acting Out Stories

Of course we still find time for stories and Primary students LOVE to act them out!

Tara Castro - Library Media Specialist

I have always felt very fortunate to teach a subject that includes a set of lifelong skills. Computer Science is not going to go away. But, as with all things, students need to learn to balance their screen time with active engagement in activities that encourage movement. So, it's Fall and the foliage is beautiful. May I suggest taking your family for a hike on one of our many beautiful walking trails here in RI. This website is a great place to start for Walking Trails suggestions and maps.

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–Sidney Sheldon