Coding is the future.
1. Critical thinking
We all want our students to be critical thinkers. If you can develop this skill in kids at a young age, it will serve them well for many years to come. Coding is one of the best ways to do this. You can’t just wing it when you’re working on a coding problem. You really have to take the time and energy to look at it and understand it at a different level. Just think about how helpful that will be in other areas of a student’s schooling.
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Perseverance is a hard thing to teach, but it’s an important skill to learn. We want our students to keep going when they come across an obstacle, and coding helps them do this.
3. Problem-solving skills
Not only does coding encourage problem-solving, it helps get students thinking outside the box at the same time. When you come across a dead end in coding, there’s always a way you can backtrack and try again. This “try, try again” mentality will help set our students up for future success.
4. Courage to try new things
Sometimes we get stuck in a rut where we don’t want to try new things. However, it’s good for all of us to learn something new. Plus, you never know what is going to appeal to a student.
5. Math skills
Coding and math go hand in hand. When you encourage coding with your students, you’re also helping them practice their math. Best of all, they might not even realize they’re doing math. So those students who claim “I hate math” are still learning some valuable skills that will serve them for years to come.
6. Meaningful context
There can be a fuzzy period when you’re learning to code—“What does this all mean?” But then when it all starts coming together, it’s a beautiful thing. Help students find that context, and then teach them how to apply it to other areas of study.
7. Processing skills
When you do coding, it really is like a whole new language, which definitely encourages processing skills. It might not be your typical French, Spanish or German class, but this is a universal language. No matter where you go in the world, if you speak code, you’ll be able to communicate, which is pretty cool.
. I love when kids realize this. They’re like, “Hey—I’ve been doing this all along!” Now try to channel the determination they had in the Minecraft game and apply it to the coding they’re working on in class.
Let’s look at that Minecraft example again. In this game, they love the creativity—they can build a world all by themselves. This is powerful. Kids are able to be creative and innovative completely on their own terms. Your students might not have a lot of say in what they do and when they do it because they’re kids. But with coding, the control is completely in their hands.
10. Overcoming gender barriers
Men hold most of the jobs in the tech industry, especially when it comes to coding, It’s such a worthy cause—coding shouldn’t be limited to boys only!