Friday, October 12, 2018

Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

Some time ago, I ran across a website that inspired me. It encouraged me to explore the micro:bit a bit more. One way of exploring the concept was to adapt other workshop materials for the micro:bit that I saw online. And, wow, there is an unbelievable amount of content on micro:bit online.

https://sites.google.com/view/microbitofthings/home
The site linked above is one I just ran across today. It has tons of awesome content. I did end up co-creating a workshop outline with colleague, Peggy Reimers (@preimers), for a free Microsoft-funded workshop on Physical Computing. What was cool is that a Computer Information Systems student who was walking by--this workshop was hosted at a university--came in and sat in on the workshop. He shared how he'd never encountered micro:bit before and was fascinated by block coding. I remember thinking, "Wow, he could have taught the whole class," but it was all new to him.

I write about this workshop in one of my upcoming blog entries, but since all the content is curated ("or stolen, made to look like not stolen then shared among thieves" as the saying goes), I thought I'd share it here in the spirit of sharing, as a friend of mine likes to say.

A free workshop I facilitated earlier this Fall, 2018
One of the things that's different, of course, is how I blended the ISTE Standards for Educators into it. This is something I'd wanted to try and I gave it a go. The workshop was well-received, great feedback from participants.

Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

Can I share something? I have to admit that whenever I facilitate a face to face workshop on coding, I have to overcome the imposter syndrome. I grew up with such an entrenched fixed mindset all my life about coding (that I couldn't do it) that guiding others requires walking past all the negative signs I planted along the path. Yet, what little I know can assist others in beginning to walk down the path. That's a powerful realization.







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