I’ve just finished my first year running 2 Code Clubs and I’ve learned a huge amount. I’ll talk about that stuff in other posts but today I’m feeling a little down. Because now that my Code Clubs are done for the year I’ve got to let my kids go. Some of them are off to big school next year and I can’t keep in contact with them. I have to let them go and I’ll probably never get to know if any of them carry on programming in the future. It’s a little sad. It must be something teachers have to deal with every year.
You might be wondering why we can’t keep in touch – why we have to break contact. Why can’t I just give them my email address you might ask? Or add them as a friend on Facebook? Well for very solid reasons those aren’t a good idea. As teachers, mentors and adults we have to keep a slightly professional distance for their safety. And that’s really hard. It’s one of the things I was told when I took my STEM Ambassador induction training, though, and I accept it. I need to read up more on this aspect of working with children to really understand the why. But for now it’s hard because I’m a dad and it’s natural to want to know that kids we’ve grown to like are going on to great things.