Author Archives: Doug Bergman

About Doug Bergman

Head of Computer Science at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, SC

Overheard in a Computer Science classroom

“It happened again.” “What?” “I was in a meeting a few days ago and they were talking about Tony and his lack of energy, effort, attitude, effort, and performance in his other class. But, Doug, this kid is one of … Continue reading

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Who’s on First: Microsoft version

OK, I know I usually address some pretty serious topics here, but just wanted to have some fun….. (I am sure there are many variations of this out there, but here’s my version) If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were … Continue reading

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The Value of Innovative Education

I had the pleasure and honor of being a judge at this year’s Partners in Learning (Microsoft) Innovators Forum. What exactly is it anyway and what is the value of innovative education to the world? Well, thousands of people in … Continue reading

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I am right where I want to be…

The 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovator Forum. Last year at this time, I was as excited as I’d ever been in my professional career. I had been selected as a first round selection in a nationwide search for teachers … Continue reading

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GRADES: Do we know what they really mean?

Tests 50% Quizzes 30% Class Participation and effort 10% Homework 10% Does that look like a typical weighted grading system for a class? But, what does the grade we give at the end of the class mean? Is it supposed … Continue reading

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24/7/365 Schooling

I’d like to bring up a topic that, while maybe a hot potato topic, is certainly worth thinking about and discussing. For the most part, most school systems in the U.S. follow a similar yearly calendar: school starts in early … Continue reading

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The elephant in the classroom: AP

If you know me or my writing, you know I have strong opinions about standardized anything and standardized curriulum. So with spring around the corner, no BLOG of mine would be complete without a post regarding the AP. This BLOG … Continue reading

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The dreaded Spring Fever (aka Senioritis)

As we enter into the beginnings of the spring semester, teachers of seniors all have the same thoughts…How do I keep my seniors engaged? They’ve worked hard for 12 years in school to finally get to college. They’ve spent the … Continue reading

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Questions

Educators: Are we all on the right bus? (reference to Good to Great) Teachers: Does your curriculum let students experience your subject area, or just hear about it? Administrators: Do you have the courage to tell your teachers NOT to … Continue reading

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The New Nerd

The Reversal “Neeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrdddddddddddddds”, the infamous scream of terror from the cool guy as he points to the group of techy gadget-loving kids. Dennis T. Nedry, the evil, yet lovable computer programmer of Jurassic Park. Ah, yes! What a great time … Continue reading

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