May 31, 2020

Agent Jorge Valenzuela (Computational Thinking)

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate computational thinking into all content areas. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Jorge Valenzuela, of Lifelong Learning Defined, in Virginia.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Jorge’s path to becoming a teacher
  • Four elements of computational thinking: decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, algorithm design
  • Work shopping how I could apply computational thinking to French
  • Jorge’s perspective on including STEM into all subjects
  • His favorite unit or lesson
  • How Jorge’s personal pedagogical philosophy has evolved over time
  • Why he thinks PBL is the best PD teachers can do
  • Jorge’s success in improving his writing and his advice on how to do the same: write about something you’re good at, find a mentor, put in the time
  • His struggle with emotional intelligence
  • How STEM is becoming more inclusive for students
  • Jorge’s hatred of buzzwords
  • His ideal school system


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