Teachers Learn to Teach Code – Gr. 4-8

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Are you interested in having your students learning to code?

Grade 4-7 teachers can learn how to engage their students in coding unit, based on provincial curriculum and using a critical inquiry process. In this coding unit, students learn fundamental coding skills and create a video game through this engaging, student-driven, unit. The Coding Quest facilitator will focus on STEAM education, 21st Century and computational thinking, while integrating learning in: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Language Arts, Visual Arts and Social Studies. This Coding unit culminates in a local Arcade hosted by Coding Quest and the Curriculum and Learning Team.

Coding Quest has a flexible curriculum framework that can be tailored to teachers’ preferences and levels of expertise. Teachers are assisted as they deliver an adjustable framework, through participation in this workshop and supported by online resources via The Learning Partnership’s eLearning Moodle.

FEBRUARY 15TH – 3:30-7:30 (Dinner included)

Here are a couple of graphics to have a look at if you are interested.

Coding Quest Brochure

Coding Quest Flowchart

Coding Quest Website

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Core Competency Ideas

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As we explore the New Curriculum we will be weaving in and supporting our students with the Core Competencies. These are essential elements that the students will need to be reflecting upon within their learning. The core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning.

Here is the Ministry page to the Core Competencies, HERE

Where could we start?

Many teachers are wondering how that can support their students in starting to understand what the core competencies are so that the students can communicate where they are at within these.

Here are some ideas of where you could start:

  1. Student Reflection Sheet: Core Competencies- Self-Reflection
  2. Go over the core competencies with the students. In small groups have them create their own language around what they mean  (Kid Talk). Create a one-pager of the core competencies using the ‘kid talk’ language for them to reflect upon as they learn. Here is an example from Jill Fader’s Grade 8 class, core-competencies-j-fader-class. Then weave these into the learning, using the language.
  3. Go over the core competencies with students, create a word wall for the students to look at and reflect upon as they learn and grow. Provide reflection time for this throughout the year.
  4. Go over the core competencies with your class, when they are learning try the “notice it, name it” strategy. When you see them being Critical Thinkers or Creative thinkers point it out to them = “notice it, name it” to help them recognize when they are doing it.