It’s time to really start filling out this Bound For Anything journal. I have been doodling in it and taking just random notes (which is a good thing if you’re like me and enjoy just writing down your random thoughts) but now I get to really dive in to it now that I am starting to learn Front-End Web Development through Thinkful.
However, let me tell you: the thought of coding it is incredibly overwhelming. Then again isn’t the thought of learning something new and foreign always overwhelming? *flashbacks to freshmen year in both High School and College*. The same thoughts:
What am I doing?
I am in way over my head.
Why did I ever think this was a good idea?
There is no way I am going to pass this.
The crazy thing was that in my High School years my teachers were always there to help. Guide me. Make sure I didn’t drown myself in anxiety over a foreign topic and the thought that I wasn’t going to pass, thus fulfilling some kind of prophecy I set for myself. Most importantly they tried to instill in me the capability of teaching me how to deal with that type of anxiety by myself (spoiler alert: they did. kinda).
So I ask all of you K-12 (maybe even some HigherEd profs out there):
What do you do to help your students cope with material they think is way over their head?