She wanted to drop the class...

Written on
September 11, 2021
Peter Hostrawser

"Hey Mr. H
I started looking at the answer key for the "code HS" and I'm starting to get it! I think ill be able to finish the missing assignments by tonight."

I received this message this morning as I opened my school email.

There is a back story here.

This young lady is in my Web Site Design class where students learn the basics of HTML and CSS. Just 2 days before this, she came to me and wanted to drop the class.

She had no confidence. She felt like she was never going to get it.

I listened carefully to her as she told me this. When she finished, I empathized.

It was just 3 years ago I was put into a position to teach AP Computer Science and Web Site Design courses. I have never coded before then. I was scared. I had doubts. I had no confidence.

Another teacher helped me out. Walked me through it. I have been teaching some sort of coding ever since.

I shared this story with my student in this situation. I told her I would not let her fail the course. I would do everything in my power to help her succeed.

She dug in. She tried. She is succeeding.

Be real with your peers, students, and coworkers. Show empathy.

It works.

Peter Hostrawser
Creator of Disrupt Education
My value is to help you show your value. #Blogger | #KeynoteSpeaker | #Teacher | #Designthinker | #disrupteducation
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