Grade 8 students have been thinking about high school and their future a lot lately in our block activities. I’ve had some great one-on-one discussions with a lot of you about the future.
I really enjoyed it when Jacqueline asked me, “When did you know what you wanted to do?”
It’s an interesting question. I figured out that I wanted to be a teacher when I was about 23 (but as most of you know, this is not what I originally went to school to study). But, my path has changed along the way. I know I want to be a professional teacher. I add professional, because I am part of a bigger community of sharing and learning outside Canadian Academy. I want to keep learning and sharing and as a teacher, especially a technology teacher, I need to keep learning.
Back to my point… I just came across this article: How to Get a Job at Google. What do you think about it? Does this change your thoughts on what you need to do in high school? I’d love to hear your opinions about this. I want you to really think about the GPA part. It’s not saying “slack off in school, because your grades don’t matter”. What they are saying you need/should be is much more (and more difficult to attain).
As our middle school students finish up their first semester this school year, their blogs are brimming with great posts of what they are doing in their classes. I encourage you to not only check out these posts, but other students’ blogs as well. There is a lot of great work on the canacad blogs!
Here are some posts from the first month of this year:
Urura’s beautiful and technically difficult Obento Evaluation for Design Class. Uday create a nice obento and wrote a thoughtful reflection, here. Wheejoon, too! (sorry there are so many, I’m having a hard time selecting only a few!)
Regardless of whether you are a gamer or not, we have an inspirational creator that was born and raised SO CLOSE to us. He is from Kyoto. Now, he seems to be a private person, so I’m not sure he’d want to come and talk to us, but my mind is now turning…
Shigeru Miyamoto’s accomplishments are amazing. I’m in love with his whimsical story of how he was inspired by nature around him in Kyoto (which most of you have meandered around and explored yourselves ) to create some of his “game worlds”.
As we begin Computer Science Education Week, I want you to think more about coding, programming, game & app designing and creation. You use so many products EVERY day that need coding to work.
We don’t have a lot of resources (YET) at CA to help you hone your skills as a programmer or game/app designer. BUT, hopefully you will learn more this week in our Hour of Code and realize that you just need to play around and try to create to get better at coding. There are so many online avenues at this point to learn different coding languages. It takes time and it does take a lot of persistence, creativity and motivation to be a programmer.
The New Yorker Magazine published an article about him called: Master of Play. I love the title and it is an interesting article if you want to learn more about him.
Did you know anything about Shigeru Miyamoto before reading this? Do his games and/or story inspire you to create or play? Share your thoughts!