While many experience the feelings of “Imposter Syndrome”, this is a common scenario for both teachers and students in computer science classes. Facing and acknowledging Imposter Syndrome can lead you to a more “guided discovery” teaching experience and help you to see the intimidating parts of coding (jargon, abstract concepts, code that won’t run) through the eyes of your students. Better lessons result!
In this session, Joe Thompson will talk about his own experience with Imposter Syndrome and how CodeHS can help both teachers and students conquer their feelings of doubt and find success and empowerment in computer science. You’ll come away from this session learning to emphasize process, not perfection, how to teach your students to expect and embrace failure, and that you are the right person in the right place.
Joe Thompson, who came from a zero coding background, is in his 7th year with CodeHS. His students beta-tested the very first CodeHS AP Java course. CodeHS has been his computer science teaching tool and an instrumental part of his CS teaching career.