J. Philip East ("Retired")

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Wow! Identifying student misconceptions of programming, a paper I co-authored, was nominated for and then voted as #1 in the top 10 SIGCSE papers of the first 49 symposia. See the official press release.


Even though I am retired, I am currently developing and teaching TLP—Teaching and Learning Programming—to our RPP grant participants (see the logo for CS-Ed @ UNI page for more information.

We (Sarah, Ben, and I) are also working to expand the program to other portions of the state, and perhaps beyond.


The only really bad part of teaching is grading, particularly the old fashioned kind (mark it and put a score on it). I'm (still :-) hoping to figure out some way to make grading more learning-centered and less onerous. Until then, I'm behind in my grading.


I am currently trying to learn from Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. I recommend it.

I encountered an article about equitable grading. I bought the book, Grading for Equity and am working to incorporate it into my work. (I scrapped the 90, 80, ... percentage grading scale a long time ago.)

I read science fiction a lot and repeatedly. I just read The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon and an currently reading her Remnant Population. I liked her Paksenarrion works a lot.

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