An important part of Code Club is celebrating learners’ victories — both big and small.
By recognising the importance of achievements and what they mean to the young person, you can encourage them to further develop life skills such as resilience, independence, self-esteem, respect, and compassion.
Why is it important?
Acknowledging success and hard work is a vital part of creating a safe learning environment. It creates a positive and supportive atmosphere where young coders can feel confident in their abilities and comfortable making mistakes that they can learn from.
Celebrating the achievements of young coders encourages and motivates them to continue developing their skills and explore other coding interests. It provides recognition for hard work and dedication, and can also be a source of pride that young people can share with their families.
By highlighting the efforts of your club members, you not only raise the visibility of your Code Club, but you may inspire more young people to join or seek out other coding opportunities in your local area. Celebrating success can also drive your club members to advance their skills further, be confident to learn from others, and help build a community of peers who collaborate and share ideas.
Where you can acknowledge effort in your club
Within a Code Club setting there are many different ways that you can recognise the efforts made by young people. These can be big or small, so don’t wait for a huge milestone to be completed. The small successes are just as important too!
You could positively reinforce activities in your club setting when a young person:
- Accomplishes something alone
- Develops their coding skills
- Perseveres when tackling a challenge
- Completes a task, project, or coding path
- Shows creativity in their coding
- Supports a peer to solve a problem
- Leads by example, e.g. helps you set up and tidy away your club
There are lots of ways you can then celebrate these efforts or achievements, for example:
- Print one of the many cool certificates on your club dashboard and present them in your club or in an achievement assembly
- Run an end-of-term showcase, where learners can show their coding achievements to parents and carers
- Write an article for a school newsletter or link into a wider school recognition scheme, like ‘star of the week!’
Never forget the importance of recognition, what it means to a child and the impact it can have on their development. Share how you mark the milestones in your Code Club by using the hashtag #MyCodeClub on Twitter and Facebook.