I teach in a rural community in Southwest Missouri. Overall, our community is made up of wonderful families and kiddos who truly support our school in every way they can. The area we live in is absolutely beautiful. However, being in a rural area has some disadvantages-such as lack of quality jobs. This means many of our kids come from high poverty homes.
My students are eager, energetic second graders who look forward to coming to school every single day.
They LOVE school! As a district, we work hard to make sure our kiddos feel loved and have all of their needs met every single day. As I'm sure you can imagine, this can be a bit of a challenge in a low income school district.
Each year, I read my students a book about a little girl who uses coding to make her doll talk and follow basic commands. The kids are always fascinated by it and beg me to teach them how to code! Unfortunately, my yearly classroom budget of $50 a year doesn’t allow me to even purchase one coding device for them!
This year, I want to surprise them and be able to say “YES” to coding!
Not only will the kids think this is an absolute blast, but they will be learning valuable life skills! It will help them have an understanding of how things work. They will develop critical problem solving skills. It will allow them to see how math skills can be important in a world of technology and video games. I plan to create challenges for the students to solve where they will have to think creatively and work collaboratively. These two kits will expose my students to a whole world that is currently missing from our small school.
I know we are preparing students for jobs that haven’t been created yet using technology that doesn’t exist yet. I think these tech tools can help them develop many skills that they will need for success when that time comes-no matter what career they pursue.
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