Thank you to Ruth Ayres for gathering all of these celebrations each week.
This week I did just that.
This past week was Hour of Code, a week dedicated to setting aside only one hour to let students learn the art of computer programming and coding. My principal asked me if I was going to participate. Fear and panic overtook me....I don't know anything about coding, I thought.
But I decided to take a chance.
I muddled my way through setting up student accounts on code.org, found a tutorial, and let my students 'have at it.'
The results....were simply amazing.
We coded every day! Students helped each other figure out what to do if they got stuck. The room was absolutely silent during coding time because there was 100% engagement only to be followed by moans as I announced the ending of coding time.
I couldn't have asked for a better learning opportunity for my 4th graders.
I'm so glad I decided to let go, take a chance on something new, and let my students lead each other.
What are you celebrating this week?