As we come to the close of the first half of the year, I have been reflecting on the content I have taught in my Computer Technology/Technology for Tomorrow class over the last 22 years. It certainly has changed over time, based on the needs of the students, needs of the school and progression of the knowledge brought into the middle school level.
I feel that this type of class has run it's course. Students need critical thinking, transferable skills to address the changing needs of the schooling they will get and the job market they will encounter. Most of the jobs that they will have in the future don't even exist yet, so we can't teach them how to do them! Instead we need to teach them how to solve problems, design solutions, communicate effectively and have a growth mindset - willing to overcome obstacles they will face.
So to that end I have asked administration to look at helping to create a semester class in Computer Science, with the eventual goal of transitioning the current Technology class to a class that students can use.
As usual comments are welcomed in this discussion about changes for our students.
Thank you, Ms. Terresa Cook