My experience as a teacher
Four weeks ago, I taught my very first coding class with Coding for Kids. Math and Coding organized this class. Their mission is to prove that anyone can learn to code–in just a few weeks!
Basically, three high school kids teach about twenty elementary and middle school kids basic programming skills using Tynker, a simple drag-n-drop form of block-coding. I was the lead teacher of the class.
To be honest, I was terrified at first. I wanted to teach, but at the same time, I was so scared. Standing in front of 20 people with all eyes on you can be nerve-wracking–even if they are just third graders.
I started off with a pretty negative mentality:
I felt like the students were judging me. Noting my mistakes, my slip-ups.
Of course, this kind of thinking got me nowhere–I just had to change.
After about half and hour of all my negative thinking, I decided it wasn’t worth it.
Then I completely changed my mindset:
These kids weren’t judging me; they were learning from me. They wanted to hear what I had to say. And it was my duty to make sure I did a good job.
All of a sudden, I felt comfortable speaking. And confident too, as I saw kids learning and understanding from my lessons.
I loved seeing them smile as they learned a new concept.
Or their faces light up when they completed the course.
I’ve grown to love teaching
I’ve grown from scared to really loving the class.
It’s really incredible how a different form of thinking can change your view on things.