#CodeBreaker Tweetmeet…

Well I wish I could say I was surprised….but as always Brian Aspinall never let us down! If you do not already follow Brian I would highly suggest it, you can do so here https://twitter.com/mraspinall Within his twitter handle you can also find links to his website which contains endless resources, videos, blog postings etc…as well!

After writing and getting his amazing #CodeBreaker Book published he launched the first ever #CodeBreaker #tweetmeet this morning at 9 am (You can order here) http://amzn.to/2DxFjHG

This tweetmeet was awesome, meeting more people and listening to how they are exploring and using #coding within the classroom! The host was none other then THE MAN Steven Isaacs whom is a legend in my opinion! Here is the Storify of this meet if you missed it….https://twitter.com/mraspinall/status/954728123773411330 It was even trending on Twitter….I had mentioned to Brian before hand wouldn’t it be cool if you get a Best Seller Book (which he did) AND get the First ever #CodeBreaker Tweetmeet Trending (Which he did as well) in one year?!?

Brian will be continuing #CodeBreaker Tweetmeets every 3rd Saturday at 9 am for 30 minutes of stimulating conversations, sharing and showcasing the world of #Coding and #ComputationalThinking

Working within Grand Erie District School Board and infusing a love and passion to explore Computational Thinking and Coding is a passion of mine! I see so much value and endless possibilities to provide incredible learning experiences and possibilities for future careers and success in all aspects of life! You learn so much from coding, such as decomposing hard tasks into manageable problems to tackle, seeing pattern recognition and how to apply pre-learned material to and throughout other aspects of life and problems in coding too, abstraction, algorithms and iterations as my friend Derek Tangredi loves sharing and talking about. Most of all for me Coding and Computational Thinking teaches kids that while in the process of learning (all aspects and curriculum areas) it is totally ok and common to fail, and fail often….within those failures we explore and learn deeper and be able to apply this learning later in life! Failure is attempts in learning as I learned from friends….I see its value now and I am passionate about sharing this with others and infusing / instilling this into Ss, Ts and people in all aspects of life!

When life throws you lemons, you don’t get handed lemon aide for free! You need to face those challenges and the ‘vehicle’ of #coding #computational thinking provides you with the ability to use those Transferable Skills to anything and everything you face throughout your life! People….you are NOT ENTITLED to ANYTHING! You need to WORK FOR EVERYTHING therefore, fail but BE RESILIENT in doing so! This is the #OneWord (please see this blog posting http://sites.granderie.ca/jarcher/2017/12/31/my-oneword-for-2018/)for my #Oneword.

Coding teaches kids, adults and all learners to be RESILIENT and IF nothing else, this should be more then enough for ALL Ts and Parents to inspire to try, and infuse a passion in their children and students to try too!

I am incredibly excited for the next #CodeBreaker Tweetmeet on Saturday Feb 17th as I will be hosting for Brian! Looking forward to some awesome chatter and showcasing some cool projects Ss created and items that people can take away and try out immediately within their classrooms!

So mark those calendars; Saturday, February 17th, 9 am (30 minutes) @ArcherJoe hosting #CodeBreaker Tweetmeet # 2…yahoo

Until next time…

Write to Give…

Here we are now into the first week of Write to Give. This year I have again taken on the Ambassador role and devised, pulled together a dynamite team of educators in Maureen Richardson, Kristine Hollaway, Johnathan So and our reading / coding buddies classroom for the illustrations.

As, the last couple years; this year I am diving deeper into the meaning behind the words we are using within our section ‘Characters and Setting’ as we set the tone, and pace, events within the descriptive words used will writing our section for the rest of the book….to some degree! I am excited to share and see what comes from our ‘subtle inferred meanings’ behind the words and seeing / wondering if other teachers / students ‘see / recognize’ what we could be trying to do!

Another thing I want to try out this year is providing a dialogue between classrooms via OneNote and Skype while writing the book within given parameters. So, for instance once our section is completed it gets submitted. The next and ONLY the next classroom can see that. On the following Friday (next Friday) I would love to touch base after that classroom submits there section, and discuss the outcome. Provide our ‘brainstorming thoughts and feelings’ (Section within our Tab in the OneNote) and see if that teacher / classroom read between the lines and analyze whether or not our ‘subtle inferred meanings’ were indeed deep enough or slightly weak. Also a discussion on why or why they did not go with what we were thinking as well!

This process; otherwise known as the editing process ‘as editors’ will allow me to help support my students, other classrooms as well in character, plot development in their own writing as it did last year when teaching in grade 3 at Hagersville Elementary.

I love Write to Give! I think there is so much we can pull out of this experience for all students; mine and those in Africa and those involved from the other classrooms as well!

What makes this year that much more special is the fact that this July 2018 I am travelling down to Africa alongside Amy and Carey from Write to Give to visit some the of the school’s being built from the effort and teamwork of our students!

Anyways, Write to Give has officially launched and thoroughly looking forward to this event, process and the outcome at the end for my schools and those in Africa!

Until next time…we all have a ‘Write to Give’ back or to those less fortunate…how will you, your students and school pay it forward in the duration of the school year?!?!