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Giving Compass' Take:
• Coding is an increasingly important skill for students who wish to be part of the future economy, but many teachers are not prepared to teach it.
• How can policy assist teachers who want to bring code into their classrooms? Is there opportunity in your community to provide support for teachers?
• Coding alone won't provide students with the skills they need. Learn how teachers can introduce computational thinking into K-12 curriculum.
Teachers rarely come into schools with an extensive background in coding, let alone the knowledge of how to easily introduce it to young children. For me, coding always seemed like a difficult concept reserved for only computer scientists. However, once I started bringing coding into my instructional practices, I learned that it’s far more approachable than many teachers (including myself) would expect.
The field of computer science has over 500,000 current openings, and that number is only going to continue to grow, according to Code.org. Once I recognized the importance of this field, it seemed necessary to start teaching my students how to code.
As fostering an interest in computer science helps students have better job security, higher incomes, and more, starting coding instruction early only strengthens those opportunities.
Read more on teaching code by Kelsey Parrasch at Getting Smart