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Knitting at a Tech Conference

This past weekend was Catskills Conf, one of my favorite events of the year. Last year, Devorah joined me and also enjoyed the show. If you know my wife, you know she's always knitting. Ok, not true, she's always knitting, spinning, weaving or performing some other form of fiber craft. I can't complain. That's how I ended up with my Kandinsky, Dust Puppy and Yoda sweaters and my awesome Kang and Kodos socks.
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Waking up in the Hudson Valley

Waking up to a beautiful brisk morning at the Ashokan Center in the Hudson Valley. Last year, Devorah and I attended the first Catskillsconf, a tech conference in Olivebridge, NY. It was an amazing and unique experience. I can only describe it as Tech Conference meets Summer camp. Where else can you hear talks by people like Dennis Crowley and an alos hear the music of Mike and ruthy. This year, I gave another educaiton rant and to add to the fun, Devorah's been leading a knitting for Charity project and teaching attendees to knit:
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Can NYCIST become in leader in CS Education?

I only learned about NYCIST last spring. They're the "New York Consortium for Independent School Technologists." They had something of an open house that I attended. I heard about them from friend and fellow CS educator Saber Khan. Last Thursday I spent an afternoon and evening with NYCIST members for a discussion of the state of K12 Computer Science Education in the City. Most of my work has been with public schools and most of the teachers I know, public school teachers so it was great to make new friends in the Independent school community.
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Impostor Syndrome - I'm not good enough

I've been meaning to comment on these tweets for a while: I went to high school with some scary smart people. Never made math team. Didn't get into honors math. Thought I wasn't good at it. — Stanislav Nikolov (@snikolov) June 30, 2016 @zamansky :D that's the thing though you can get such an inferiority complex by always comparing yourself to others https://t.co/LvaMjp1WVf — Stanislav Nikolov (@snikolov) July 1, 2016
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West coast trip - a nice close to act I

If I look at my leaving Stuyvesant and the NYC Department of Education to join Hunter College as the end of Act I of my teaching career, then our family's West Coast swing was a nice way to pull down the curtain. The impetus for the trip was visiting Batya - she's interning at Facebook this summer and having an absolute blast. The plan was to spend a few days in San Francisco, then a little south to Mountain View, where Batya was staying, and then fly up to Seattle for a couple of days.
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Discussion Silos

div.center {text-align:center;} In response to the past couple of days where my friends and fellow CS Ed advocates Alfred Thompson, Rob Underwood, and I had a nice little discussion via our blogs, Alfred wrote this. It's great when a number of voices in the community have an open discussion but one of the things I found myself lamenting was the fact that a lot of the discussion isn't truly accessible.
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Halloween 2015 - the video

div.center {text-align:center;} As a teacher, sometimes your gut tells you to do something and it turns out to be a really good idea. That's what happened in October, 1994. I decided to dress up as Groo the Wanderer for Halloween. I never dressed in costume for school before and back then, no many did. A few students and very few teachers. Afterwards, I noticed that my younger students - the ones that didn't know me that well yet, really loosened up and so a tradition was born.
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Inner voices

div.center {text-align:center;} div.half {width:50%;} It's Halloween again. This time, "Inside Out." No video yet, but stay tuned. For the time being, enjoy some of our past madness:
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Something growing in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley's a beautiful place, particularly during the Fall. We don't get up there as much as we should - usually just for apple picking and then for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. It's a region with great food, hiking, natural beauty, history and more. So, what exactly is growing? The Hudson Valley Tech community. I first heard about what Hudson Valley was doing around Tech back at the August New York Tech Meetup.
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CS Semi Formal

div.center {text-align:center;} Today marked the last day of classes and time for the 8th annual Stuy CS Semi Formal. What's the Stuy CS Semi Formal? It's another bad idea that we refuse to let die. Eight years ago JonAlf joked that someone in class joked that they should have a party and they should all get dressed up. My thought? "YEAH!!! LET'S DO IT!
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