What's Next?

Wow, it's been a while! This has been a busy year of learning and growth for both my students and me. I have a lot of ideas I want to share in the upcoming weeks, but first I have some big news! I will be moving to a new magnet school next year that focuses on coding throughout the elementary grades. This move will also include a (small) grade level jump to Kindergarten. I am excited and nervous, but mostly excited for these changes.

I had been a Pre K teacher at my former school for three years and, though I loved my work and my students, it felt like the right time for a change to focus more on coding in the classroom. I am looking forward to challenging myself and seeing how everything works in a new school. My new PLC will have a shared interest in coding integration and I think this will offer me opportunities for growth. I will also be participating in a lot of professional development this summer to get ready (mostly related to technology and balanced literacy).

What does this mean for Shoelace Coding? My focus will continue to be on early childhood, but I plan to include more content that relates to the Common Core State Standards and connecting subject areas. Play is still very important to me - I have been tinkering with creating my own coding games to incorporate The 5 Attributes into Kindergarten literacy instruction, so look out for that this summer. There will also be updates to some of my old products and (hopefully!) a new blog layout.

I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you! If there is anything you have been searching for/wondering about while trying to integrate technology into your early childhood classroom, please leave a comment below.

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