Computer Science Education Week is this week, sparking excitement in an ever-growing educational conversation about the importance of coding in K-12 curriculum. According to Code.org, only 34 states have created K-12 computer science standards, even though 67% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing — a number that is certain to increase.
In her recent blog, “The Day Kindergarteners Schooled Me in Teaching & Coaching,” Educational Technology & Integrated Studies Consultant and CUE Rock Star faculty member Katherine Goyette shares her origin story with the hour of code and offers sage advice on student-led work and healthy risk-taking.
“It is vital that we model risk-taking with those we serve, whether they be educators or students,” Katherine states. “When we are honest with others about our uncertainty as to the results of an innovation, we promote an environment that focuses on process, not product. We dispel the myth of instant results and send the message that improvement requires risk, reflection, and refinement.”