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27 June 2023

Introducing CodeCraft Circles: Redefining Coding Education

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Christina Thomas | Secondary School Teacher (11-18)

In this blog post, I am thrilled to introduce you to a pedagogical approach that I have been working on, to develop the way coding is taught: CodeCraft Circles.

As a passionate educator with a deep understanding of the challenges students face in learning to code, I am excited to share this concept and shed light on my journey of developing a comprehensive guide that explores the CodeCraft Circles methodology.

CodeCraft Circles reimagines coding education by blending creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. At its core, this approach emphasizes the importance of holistic learning, going beyond mere technical skills. By integrating art, storytelling, and problem-solving into coding projects, students are empowered to unleash their creativity and develop a deep understanding of coding principles.

At the very heart of CodeCraft Circles is the idea of forming collaborative communities. Students are organized into small groups known as coding circles, where they work together, share ideas, and support each other's learning journey. This collaborative environment fosters a sense of belonging and encourages students to take ownership of their learning.

Recognizing the need for a comprehensive resource that guides educators and students, I am excited to currently be developing a guide that dives deep into this pedagogical approach. The book will provide practical strategies, engaging activities, and real-world examples that highlight the transformative potential of CodeCraft Circles.

My goal is to empower educators to implement CodeCraft Circles in their classrooms and inspire students to become lifelong learners and creators. The book will include step-by-step instructions, lesson plans, and assessment strategies to ensure a seamless integration of CodeCraft Circles into existing coding curriculum. 

I am inviting passionate educators, schools, and coding enthusiasts to join me in shaping the future of coding education through CodeCraft Circles. As I develop the CodeCraft Circles book, I am eager to include insights and experiences from educators like you.

If you are interested in piloting the CodeCraft Circles concept in your school, I encourage you to get involved. By participating in the pilot program, you can experience the transformative impact firsthand and contribute to its ongoing development.

Selected participants and contributors will be acknowledged in the CodeCraft Circles book, providing you with a platform to share your ideas with a global audience. Together, we can redefine coding education.

To express your interest or learn more about participating, please contact me through Private message on CAS or on twitter @TinaThomasCS Let's work together to unlock the full potential of CodeCraft Circles and inspire the next generation of coding enthusiasts.


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