Three years ago, I discover this event called the Hour of Code and celebrating it changed my world forever.  I felt, in my heart, that it was something that was essential for my learners and their future readiness.

What I personally discovered:

  • Coding is fun.
  • Coding challenges my thinking.
  • Coding forces me to embrace failure.
  • Learning to code can provide me with a powerful tool to help me create, bring my visions to life, and change the world.
  • There is not a clear female voice in the computer science field, that needs to change.

What I am doing with my discovery:

  • Organize the Hour of Code so my entire district could benefit from my discoveries.
  • Began a Coding Club at my elementary and encouraged some other teachers in other buildings to do the same. Five out of six buildings have one
  • Work one day a week with second, third, and fourth graders in Advanced Learning to work through coding activities to practice collaborative teamwork and problem solving skills.
  • Pilot a computer science class as part of our “specials” rotation at my elementary school.  I see third and fourth graders 7 times during the school year. 
  • In March, we will be holding our first “Code Like a Girl” party for the girls in our district.

How this has changed learning for my students:

  • When they ask questions, I answer with a question.  They work for the answer.
  • They struggle more.  Struggling is good.  It helps us grow and understand how we best learn and work through critical problems.
  • Students have embraced failure as an opportunity to learn.
  • Learning to code and creating something is powerful. Pure ownership, there is nothing better than watching a student beam with pride over their creation.
  • Owning the learning and seeing what they have accomplished has built their self-confidence and propelled them to find success in other areas.
  • Many girls are being exposed to computer science and watching me, a female role model, get excited about computer science and all the struggle, learning, and pride that goes into it.

Even if my students do not pursue a career in computer science,

the skills they have practiced during their experience will build a strong foundation for any career.

My motto used to be “Shaping the Future, One click at a Time.”

I think it’s time for a change.

Shaping the Future, ?

What do you think?