Don't Be Creepy

talks

I've been teaching high school computer science since the fall of 1997, and it one day occurred to me that I should try to teach some social skills to my students. Thus, in September of 2005, the "Don't Be Creepy" lecture was born. Since that first fateful presentation, I've given versions of it at schools and universities and for crowds large and small.

If you'd like to have me speak at your location, just contact me.

If you're just stumbling across this site from a link someone gave you, then you probably want this slide deck (PDF, 1.25MB). Otherwise, information and slides from past and future talks are below.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How Not to Be Creepy: Ways to Raise Your Social Status

Do you ever feel like other people just don't get you? Have a hard time understanding why others act the way they do? Learn tips to get inside the head of the socially "typical" and improve your ability to navigate relationships, job interviews, and life in general.

sponsored by WiCS

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Don't Be Creepy - original version for high school students

The talk that started it all! Every year I give this for my students, and this time around seventy-five of them heard it for the first time.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How Not to Be Creepy: Ways to Raise Your Social Status

Do you ever feel like other people just don't get you? Have a hard time understanding why others act the way they do? Learn tips to get inside the head of the socially "typical" and improve your ability to navigate relationships, job interviews, and life in general.

sponsored by Yelp and WICS

Reception following.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Why Won't My Weird Kids Listen?

You've already been to Why Are My Kids Weird and you understand your weird students, but for some reason what you're trying with them isn't working very well. Why does that kid do so well in other teachers' classes but not yours? This follow-up session will focus less on theory and more on practice, with battle-tested tips from a teacher who has taught mostly weird kids for over a decade!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Why Are My Kids "Weird"?

Do you have really bright kids (especially boys) who are good at school but incredibly clueless when it comes to social skills? Brain theory, social rules, autism and Asperger's help explain why. Learn how to better understand and reach them from a formerly "weird" teacher who learned the hard way!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't Be Creepy - original version for high school students

The talk that started it all! Every year I give this for my students, and this time around one hundred of them heard it for the first time.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Don't Be Creepy - Toy Night abbreviated version

A special treat for AP CS teachers on "Toy Night" at the 2010 AP Reading.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Why Won't My Weird Kids Listen?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Why Are My Kids "Weird"?

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 & 28, 2009

Don't Be Creepy - original version

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Words from a Watchman, a.k.a. "Don't Be Creepy, University edition"

sponsored by Facebook and Women in Computer Science (WICS)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Why Are My Kids "Weird"?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Why Are My Kids "Weird"?

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Ways to Fit In

A modified version of "Don't Be Creepy" for elementary school students. Can you hold the attention of a hundred ten-year-olds? I can, apparently.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Why Are My Kids "Weird"?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Don't Be Creepy

sponsored by ACM, Women in Computer Science and the Turing Scholars

This talk was filmed, but I haven't yet uploaded the 400-megabyte, hour-long recording to Google Video. Bug me about this if you're interested.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Don't Be Creepy

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