Mike and I are full time secondary math teachers. Over the past few years we have gained a growing passion for computer science, specifically coding. We had no prior experience in coding, but we found the growing need of students needing to learn this vital skill, so we took it upon ourselves to learn more. In many schools, computer science is offered as an elective course. This is limiting, as not all students get to take this course. It typically ends up becoming a male dominated class. Mike and I early on saw the huge connection between coding and math and decided to begin implementing code into our math classrooms to enhance math learning targets. We primarily use the Scratch Coding Platform, a visual block based coding platform that where students are able to learn the core principles of coding. We have found that if we are intentional about how we implement coding into our math classes, we can infuse career-ready applications of math into our math classrooms that ensure students getting more exposure and deeper understanding of math concepts.
“I brought the challenge to them and as I walked around, I could see their thinking.”
You will hear more from teachers and students in the coming weeks, but as for now, hear from a teacher who is new to Scratch coding. He used our two-step equation solver lesson with his students.