April 18, 2024

By ETT Teacher Shawn O’Neill

Once I inform people who my first graders couldn’t solely code, however clarify to others how to code, individuals have a look at me with disbelief. But it surely’s true. My college students, and I do imply ALL of my college students, had been profitable coders.  They listened, they labored collectively, they made errors and discovered to debug, they’d enjoyable, they usually coded. What they didn’t know was that they had been additionally studying learn how to collaborate, learn how to persevere, learn how to drawback clear up, learn how to be resilient, and learn how to harness their creativity. They didn’t know that they had been studying important life abilities.

I’m not a pc skilled, nor have I been coding for many years. Once I determined to introduce coding in my elementary classroom it was as a result of I noticed the chance to have interaction my college students and I believed, what’s the worst that would occur? I started by introducing coding via some fantastic learn aloud books. We talked about what coding meant and we drew connections. I began small, with straightforward coding units that didn’t contain a display screen. When that labored, I launched coding units that required my college students to do a bit extra planning and sequencing. When that was profitable, we made our strategy to block coding, and the journey continued. What I didn’t know on the time was that my college students would absorb this new data like a sponge and never solely ask for more difficult duties, however be developmentally prepared for them. 

Right here’s what I witnessed firsthand. I noticed that my complete class; my struggling learners, my English Language Learners, my college students fighting social and emotional well being, my superior college students, my complete class, was in a position to take part in coding.  Their variations didn’t matter. As a result of all of my college students had been in a position to study to code, I noticed their confidence soar. As a result of I noticed their confidence soar, I noticed them attempt new issues and are available out of their shells, and watched as my extra quiet and shy college students started to talk up and take the lead.

Coding helped to make my classroom a really participating, inclusive and equitable place the place all of my learners felt assured. It turned out to be one of the best probability I ever took.

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