We’ve just published a blog on how we plan to support DojoCons in the future.
In short, we in the CoderDojo Foundation team have decided to shift our support away from one single international DojoCon to focus on helping you run DojoCons as regional events for everyone in your local communities.
You can read more here.
As ever, if you have any questions just let me know here on via email
Be a friend: not a parent or authority figure. Mentors are trusted guides helping young people make positive decisions, form their own values, and realize their potential.
Have realistic goals and expectations: Mentors understand that change doesn’t happen overnight and that setbacks occur. Mentors empower young people to reach the goals set in their YouthBuild Life Plans.
Have fun: Getting to know the young person is the primary goal of any mentoring relationship. Activities such as hanging out, grabbing a bite to eat, or playing basketball, help build the relationship.
Allow the mentee to have voice and choice in deciding on activities: Ask your mentee what he or she would like to do during your time together. This ensures that the young person will be interested and engaged in the activity.
Be positive: Offer encouragement and assistance. When times are tough, help the young person focus on the future. Celebrate successes large and small.
Let the mentee control the direction of conversations: Don’t push the mentee to tell you everything at once; allow him or her time to get to know you. Be sensitive and respectful and above all keep everything the mentee says to you confidential (unless the youth plans to hurt herself or someone else).
Listen: Sometimes the young person will need to vent about school, work, home, or friends. By listening more than talking you can learn a lot and build your relationship.
Respect the trust the mentee places in you: Don’t judge the mentee or provide unwanted advice. Reassure him that you will be there no matter what.
Remember that your relationship is with the young person: not his or her parent. The focus of the match is on the youth’s goals, not those of the family. At the same time, avoid passing judgment on the mentee’s family.
Remember that you are responsible for building the relationship: Take the initiative to keep in contact with your mentee.
This category is to discuss Zen, the CoderDojo Community Platform. You can post any new features, issues or questions about Zen here!
Sorry Ben, quite late response, we’ve been fairly busy this week
My understanding is that you’re a dojo-admin, and you removed on of a parent’s child from your Dojo.
If that’s the case, then you lost the right to see this child, hence when viewing the parent’s profile it “crashes” when loading the parent’s children.
If the issue is a parent with a wrongly created child, we can take care of it until we give this capacity to parents
Inclusivity is a core value of the CoderDojo movement. Dojos are encouraged to be accessible to youths from all backgrounds and to strive for gender parity.
Thanks everybody, there are a lot of useful suggestions in your replies. I bet I’ll be back again asking for guidance because this project will last all this year.
THE problem is that the expectation on this group is too high and we can’t meet regularly. I’ll do the best I can to support my girls because at the moment my first concern is that they don’t lose confidence. It has to be more fun than doing homework.
I’ve set a google classroom to share examples and exercises. Do you know other ways to keep in touch? Emails are too messy.
Share your thoughts and advice here on getting set up and organising your Dojo!
Hey Mark, we’ve tested the new flow with parents and it seems to be quite easy as it’s one flow now. I realise previously you had to explain adding kids etc. but now it’s a lot more straightforward. If there’s anything else we can do to simplify it please do say so!
Share your top learning resources and content for learning programming in your Dojo!
Another great way of engaging older children and teens in your Dojo, particularly after a break is by giving them something to reach towards with their projects.
At the end of Dojo sessions or at the end of Dojo terms many Dojos encourage young people to showcase projects they have built. The Coolest Projects showcase has always been a great way to further build on this by encouraging kids to create a project within a timeline to share with other children involved in Dojos and the public.
We will be announcing the dates of the North America, UK and International event (in Ireland) on October 4th so watch out for that on the Coolest Projects challenges!
Astro Pi too is a great way Dojos can encourage young people to work in teams on a coding project with a clear timeline and targets.
Young people under 19 that live in an ESA Member or Associate Member State* (or who are in a team with a majority of ESA memeber state residents), can form a team with at least one other young person and apply to the Astro Pi Challenge’s Mission Space Lab by sending their experiment idea by the end of October.
Young people in your Dojo under 14 interested in taking part in a simpler project (while still getting to have their code run in space) can enter Mission Zero. They can submit their program from 29 October 2018 onward.
Find out more about the two Asto Pi Missions here.
Finally as today is International Translation Day, we wanted to say a big thank you to all those from the CoderDojo Community who give their time to help give young people the opportunity to learn coding by translating resources into their own language. Nina our translations manager with the Raspberry Pi Foundation wrote this blog to thank all those who have helped translate resources.
If you want to help support young people by volunteering your translation skills you can learn more and get involved here.
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