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Retiring part 3 - What's Next

Links to the three posts in this series: If you're seeing this before the previous two posts, I'd encourage you to read post 1 and 2 first. Post 1: Why I'm retiring Post 2: What was accomplished at Hunter Post 3: This post As I said at the start of these three posts, I do want to stay in the game. Maybe take a break and definately slow down but I still think I've got something to contribute.
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Retiring part 2 - Accomplishments

Links to the posts in this series If you're reading this before the previous post, I'd recommend going back and reading that one first. Post 1: Why I'm retiring Post 2: This post Post 3: What I think I'll be looking for next I think I've carved out a somewhat unique career. Never set out to be a teacher and a couple of different turns here or there and things could have been very different.
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After 7 years at Hunter College and 33 in NYC public schools, time for a change.

I've been dropping mentions of this here and there for a while now but I think it's time to come out more formally - I'm planning on retiring from Hunter at the end of this Spring. This doesn't mean getting out of the CS or CS Ed game entirely - I could stay on in a part time capacity and, after some decompression I think I still have things to offer but the plan is retire, collect my pension, and then see where I can continue to be contribute to the Ed/CS Ed scene.
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Crafting a new major for tech

Hunter College, like most colleges and universities is facing unprecedented demand for CS. It's the hot major. Being a public college, we have an obligation to provide the best education possible to as many students as we can in our locality. This means we can't just put a GPA requirement or other cap on the major and we can't do things I've heard "elite" schools do like essentially making applicants apply to the major direct from HS.
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College Recommendation Season

It's fall so for HS teachers who taught juniors last year it's recommendation writing season. For many of those teachers, they're already well into the season with early decision deadlines being as early as November 1. Writing recs is one thing I don't miss now that I'm working at the college level. Sure, it was always an honor to be asked but it was a lot of work. Now I'm on the other side and reading the recs.
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Turning 55

So, I turned 55 today. Another year older. The changes? Well, I'm seeing more doctors and seeing them more frequently and to be honest, I'd love to have a day or two without some small niggling ache or pain but that's life. Like many people my age, we've got our health issues but I'm pretty active and managing mine (hey, I had a great 8 mile run this morning :-) ).
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Masters of CS Education

I was in the middle of writing a post on how early and often we should be teaching CS in our schools but had to jump in with a quick hit here. As any reader here knows, Hunter was the first institution with state approved CS Teacher Education Masters and Certificate programs. Siena had the first Bachelors program (Hunter doesn't have undergraduate education programs that lead to state certification).
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CS - it isn't all that

I've dedicated my entire career - something like 32 years, to CS education and the spread of CS education. So, while I try to be a cheerleader I also think it's important to call out things that we do or say that are maybe not so great. So, I hope I don't annoy too many people (or maybe I hope I do) with this post and maybe a few more to come.
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You can't workshop a lesson

The other day, Natan scored tickets for us to see an interview with High Jackman and Sutton Foster. We'll be seeing them in "The Music Man" come this fall. It was fun but it was the taping for a radio interview so nothing earth shattering or surprising. Still, one thing stuck with me and got me thinking. Jackman told a story about how, during rehearsals, he wandered down from his dressing room to find Foster was working with Jerry Zaks, the director on "My White Knight.
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Put It In The Books

Just finished entering grades closing out my 32nd year teaching. Whew! It's been a hard year for me and I'm sure even harder for the K12 teachers out there. Still this year I'm really missing what I was oh so many years ago - a regular teacher. Teaching from September through June is a beast and from my first day on the job I had to work ten times harder than I ever had to as a software engineer and was commensurately exhausted.
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