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When Kim Zeugner’s fifth grade math students walk into her classroom on the first day of school, they’re going to notice something posted in the corner of the whiteboard: photographs of a broken-down school bus, covered in rust and forest growth, with the invitation to “Take a ride on the struggle bus... and GROW your brain!”
Learning to code is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's schools and afterschool programs. And why not? There are countless benefits of learning to code: practicing critical thinking, problem solving, processing, and systematic thinking skills, to name a few.
One can argue that applying a growth mindset to any skill or trade can help you improve in that domain. While this may be true, I’d argue that it’s hard to find a practice that pairs more seamlessly with programming than growth mindset. There is a hot debate in the education world about whether coding is the new literacy of the future. Because we’ve seen the adoption of coding curricula spread nationwide, we want to explore how growth mindset can tie into this practice.
A growth mindset about mistakes
We can deepen our own and our students' understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. We can improve it.