Getting our 'geek' on - kids coding

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Tarik Reghif,
career changer

I am a ‘geek’ and have always been passionate about computing. It’s a professional outlet that helped me develop a fabulously varied and exciting career, which included travelling the world.

During this time I felt that something was missing, and the pull towards teaching became harder to resist.

Bye CEO, hi kids

In teaching, instead of working for a CEO, you’re working for the kids. This is what drives you to put in the hours and the effort. The reward you’re getting at the end of it is the kids actually learning and creating things independently.

The great thing about the training is the amount of time I’ve been able to spend with the class and the amount of control I’ve had. I’ve been able to make my own decisions and see where that takes me. Being in charge of a class allows you to be really hands-on.

Introducing scratch

When I started teaching I was introduced to new tools that I’d never encountered before in my computing career. Scratch is a fantastic example of a program which explores the fundamentals of programming and provides a visual means to learn programming. Seeing some of the things it inspires the class to create is mind-blowing.

Quiet in class

The best thing about teaching, and computing in particular, is being able to have the satisfaction of a totally quiet class, when everyone is content to work away.

All of a sudden you hear a student go ‘Yes!’ as their program starts working. There’s the excitement and the joy of when they finally figure something out and they have a program which they can be proud of.

You go into a class and suddenly you’ve got 30 faces looking at you, all hoping to learn something exciting. It really changes your view from ‘Let’s see what we can do to satisfy the customer’ to ‘Let’s see what we can do to inspire’.

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