Until recently, coding was only offered after school. In
2013-14, Philippe Charpantier taught two after-school
classes (three sessions each): Minecraft & Beyond and
Intro to Programming and Game Design. This year he
offered a total of 10 sessions. During a winter session,
a parent noted that she would need to take the class in
order to understand what her daughter was learning.
Philippe extended the invitation to both parents, who
joined their daughter in the next class.
During parent-teacher conferences last year, students
were offered one coding workshop. This year, two were
offered along with two junior engineering workshops.
In the spring of 2014, coding became part of the lower
school curriculum itself; this year, all students in grades
1-5 participated in Hour of Code.
This summer, our Lower School team will build on the
organic connections it has already made in the classroom. With a gradual increase in curricular and after-school offerings, and thanks to the promotion of teacher
awareness around code-related thinking and its multidisciplinary applications, coding is here to stay.
As was the case with the implementations of the iPad
program in the middle school and the flipped classroom
in the high school, French American and International
faculty are concerned foremost with how our students
think, rather than coding per se. While the delivery
methods change, honing the ability to think critically insures that our students will thrive well beyond our walls.