Today was the first day of code club and we had about 20 kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Wow! That was different to any class I’ve taught previously. For starters, no one’s Mum has ever picked them up from one of my classes before.
I noticed a couple of things that blew me away:
- These kids have no fear of failure (yet). Something doesn’t work? Doesn’t matter. Try something else.
- They are native problem solvers. Our project was sound based, but sound didn’t work on some computers. They just made it visual.
- They have no preconceptions about their coding ability. No fear of code. The most naked ‘yes we can’ I have ever seen in a class.
- Also they’re noisy fun seekers and full of chaotic enthusiasm. Hats off to anyone who can teach kids six hours a day every day!
I also had a few parents with zero coding knowledge drop by to help and they were just as amazing as the kids. The school that’s hosting us has also been amazingly supportive with multiple teachers staying back to help out and try something new. I can’t believe how much support there is for the club from the school community.
We’re having fun with Scratch, but I set the kids up a Minecraft server too and I’m slowly adding kids one at a time. Honestly, they’re most interested in that right now!