Educators and school administrators alike have an important question on their minds, “Where did all the preschoolers go?” While that is, of course, a rhetorical question with a simple answer, the issues that are likely to arise as a result of historically low preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten enrollment are certainly more complex.
It is no secret that learning to code provides students with a wealth of unique opportunities, both in their present lives and in the future. Whether we consider the many doors that coding opens for students, the deeper understanding of technology they gain, or the many ways the brain and personality are developed when learning how to code, the many advantages are quite clear. Let’s dig in to how coding helps all learners.
"The power of music and the plasticity of the brain go together very strikingly, especially in young people." Oliver Sachs
A focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) allows educators to impact student outcomes associated with five key attributes: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Research shows that students with stronger SEL skills perform better academically and are more successful when facing adversity both during school years and later in life.