I mentioned I was in a dorm at La Salle for the week, the reason for this is I am learning to teach AP Computer Science. Yes you heard that right I am going to be molding the minds of America's youth. Since my school was unable to hire a replacement in time for the previous computer science teacher who left I was drafted into the position. On one hand I am the most qualified (other than my boss maybe) to teach the AP CS class due to programming experience and other experience related to computer. On the other hand I probably have the least teaching experience (at least with children) of anyone, even first year teachers have had student teaching.
The class I am taking this week is to help prepare teachers to teach AP CS to the required AP curriculum. It is to help introduce the methods for teaching AP CS and some other ideas for getting the material across. The class is based on Java, which I have never programmed in. I have had programming experience with other object oriented languages and have helped others learn them. If nothing else I will call on Rob who has forgotten more about OO methods than I have ever learned.
Wish my students and I luck this school year. Oh and a couple of questions I have heard that I thought I would mention since they are somewhat funny. Are my other responsibilities at the school being reduced? Not that I know of. Am I getting a raise? Since the teachers probably make less than me (I honestly don't know, just anecdotal) I should really be getting a pay cut, somehow I don't think that would have been a good selling point. The one perk I am getting is I will for the first time in my career is a really office. Four walls, a desk, a door and no servers.