PyCon 2009: Python for Teachers (and Teachers of Teachers) (Part 1 of 2)
As a geek with Python kung fu, you have fun skills to share with others, including those still in high school and seeking to master mathematical concepts that will serve them for a life time. In taking this tutorial, you're opening a communications channel between yourself, and other eager learners hoping to partake more deeply of open source culture and the opportunities it offers. We know from last year that many PyCon delegates are broadly interested in education track. This proposal attempts to support this demand by developing some publicly-accessible Python-related material that demonstrates how object-oriented programming be learned by using them to implement concepts from the mathematical domain. Learning can take place at multiple levels: Python and object-oriented concepts. Mathematical concepts, which will be demonstrated in ways readily accessible to anyone who understands Python. Presentation of programming topics in the educational environment. From this latter point of view the pair teaching format can be considered experimental. Its success or otherwise will be determined largely by group dynamics, and our goal is to make the outcome in and of itself provide useful empirical data helpful to others planning workshops.