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Coding, however it is defined and implemented, will be taught at primary and secondary schools.

Whatever is taught, I hope that students will not learn the WHAT and HOW without knowing WHY of coding. If they need ideas or inspiration, they might watch this YouTube video.


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This group of dancers aged 11 to 13 code not just for an app or STEM. They code for artistic expression. They code to pursue a passion. They code to move people.

By some coincidence, I watched this video of Itzhak Perlman who was offering master classes online.


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Perlman said he would ask his students: Is there a difference between being intense and being passionate?

Our coding curriculum might be rigorous or even intense. But will it also be passionate? By this I ask if it will give learners ownership and nurture empathy.

Intensity is something we can subject students to. Introducing another possibly siloed subject into their lives will make learning intense even if we try to sell it as fun or forward-looking. We should not dance around this issue.

Passion is something we help students discover and develop. Nurturing passion starts with helping students identify with needs, both theirs and others. This opens the path to empathy. Students then take the responsibility to problem seek and problem solve.

If we rely on intensity, we will have to keep pushing students to learn. If we start with passion, students will push themselves to their own ends.

When you have a problem (like the hilly streets of San Francisco), do you complain or do you get creative?


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This group chose to get creative by changing their view of the problem.

Now when we face a problem in life (like technology integration in schools), do we complain or do we get creative? More often that not I hear teachers complain about what they do not have, e.g., time, space, resources.

Why not get creative with what we have, change our view of the problem, and get something of value in the process?

Today marks that start of the Lunar New Year. It is the Year of the Dragon.


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We will see lots of lion dances over the next few weeks.

Depending on where you stay, you will also hear a lot of them whether you want to or not. I would not mind so much if they added some variety like the troupe above.

Those lions certainly aren’t dragon their feet! Actually, they are tigers (different heads), so that might explain the unusual behaviour.

Many thanks to Cheryl for sharing the video with me last week.


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