When teaching coding for kids, you might notice some get frustrated and give up. It’s only natural. Kids have been exposed to language arts since they were born, math since they could speak, and gym since they could walk. But learning code for beginners and thinking like a programmer is an all-new, totally unfamiliar subject, one that’s fraught with challenges and annoyances. But here’s the thing: everything is tricky when we first start!
Let’s investigate the power of positive thinking, developing a growth mindset, and maintaining steadfast perseverance through the ups and downs of coding (and any other life challenges). You can do it!
Getting over frustrations with learning how to code
When learning coding, it’s not uncommon to run into a bug (mistake) in the first 10 seconds. Usually, it’s something as simple as a misplaced semicolon, but it can be disheartening. When these difficulties arise, it’s important to keep the principles of social-emotional learning front of mind — learning doesn’t happen instantly. Instead, it takes time, trial and error, and the drive to keep meeting challenges time and time again.
Of course, that doesn’t mean taking computer science lessons will be a negative experience. Coding is a skill for life, one that encourages us to think logically, critically, and creatively in other areas, too. And because you can achieve almost anything with code, the sense of satisfaction you get when you create a new program that makes others’ lives better makes it all worthwhile.
So, how can you and your young learners get over frustrations when learning how to code? Here are some of our tips:
- Know what to expect. Bugs are inevitable. It’s unrealistic to think you or the kids will write flawless code from day one. Even expert programmers make mistakes!
- Be positive and persevere. Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. You don’t need to be intimidated by coding because you can do it!
- Take a break. It’s essential to take breaks away from the screen — especially if your students are up against bugs that just won’t quit. A little time outside can refresh the mind and make problem-solving easier.
- See the big picture. Learning to code is like climbing a mountain. The road might be windy, and you might run into obstacles. But zoom out and focus on the big picture.
- Help one another. Coding is not always a solitary task, and many professional programmers work in teams. It’s always okay to ask for help!
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