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Computer Science Teacher

Insight into the computing classroom

By (author) Beverly Clarke

Publication date: 24 Aug 2017

Increased focus on computer science has recently brought about the new national curriculum in computing. It is the role of the Computer Science Teacher to not only understand the curriculum and subject inside out and teach it to their classes but also to influence their pupils perceptions of computing and how it will shape their futures. This book explores the role of Computer Science Teacher in a secondary school environment. An overview of secondary school computing is covered, along with what the role encompasses, the attributes, knowledge and skills required to be a success and useful standards, tools, methods and techniques you can employ. Case studies and quotes from schools and current teachers are also included.
Beverly Clarke is an Education Consultant, CAS South West Outreach Support, CAS Master Teacher and Hub Leader. A former computing teacher, Beverly has lectured in further education and taught in a secondary school. She has worked as a part of the selection team for the BCS Scholarship scheme and has been the subject matter expert for Computational Thinking videos for BBC Bitesize.

Dimensions: 198x129mm

Print ISBN-13: 9781780173948

Ebook ISBN-13: 9781780173962

280 pages

Imprint: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT


Chapter 1: Introduction to Teaching Secondary Computer Science

Chapter 2: The Role of the Computer Science Teacher

Chapter 3: Standards, Tools, Methods and Techniques

Chapter 4: Career Progression and Related Roles

Chapter 5: Case Studies

Chapter 6: Conclusion

Appendix 1: Self Assessments

Appendix 2: Seating Plan

Appendix 3: Job Adverts

Appendix 4: Class Profile For Use With Lesson at Interview

Appendix 5: Progress Grid

Appendix 6: Lesson Plan Template

Appendix 7: Case Study Supporting Material

Appendix 8: Support for the Computer Science and Computing Teacher
'This is an essential, practical, informative and accessible read for anyone wanting to enter the world of computing teaching, for those already in this world trying to understand the fast changing nature of teaching in this area, for those wanting to recruit such incredibly hard to find computing teachers and for those involved in their training. The enthusiasm for teaching in this area is palpable and makes this a pleasure to read.'

Louise Duncan MA (Oxon)
MBA Headteacher

"If you are either training to teach or already teaching the secondary computing curriculum, you will need to know what effective teaching of computing actually looks like. This book is for you. Throughout the book, you will discover the insights found and the journey undertaken by the author, as a head of department, as she transformed her department from teaching ICT to teaching computing. This text will not only help you teach computing in a way that places learners at the centre of your planning but also seeks to motivate, engage and inspire them with a love of the subject, show them the opportunities that computing can present them and how computing shapes their daily learning, rest and play. In addition, the text provides practical guidance and insights for those applying for either their first teaching post or seeking advancement as a secondary computing teacher."

Andrew Csizmadia
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education

'The Computer Science Teacher book is a brilliant well written and thorough book outlining the practice of being a teacher. The book is a quick guide and gives just the right pointers and insight which I will be referring back again and again...I have found the whole book a very good read especially after my first placement. I can now relate and understand and improve based on the tools and techniques given in the book. The guidance on online resources is brilliant as well as class, lesson and pupil planning.'

Himali Patel
BCS Computing Teacher Training Scholar

'Computer Science Teacher provides a great insight into what to expect as a trainee moving into teaching for the first time, in an area that is not always the most popular.'

Luci Martin St Valery
BCS Computing Teacher Training Scholar

'The Computer Science Teacher’s must have Bible.'

Margaret Ononogbu
BCS Computing Teacher Training Scholar

'An excellent tool for preparing you for the unique challenges faced when teaching in a computing classroom.'

David Cormell
BCS Computing Teacher Training Scholar