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Historic Anaheim Students Join Coding Club

img_2441In Mrs. Kelbaugh’s regular elementary classes, students are learning computer science concepts like computer hardware, binary numbers, and more. So, why not coding? Currently, all of her students participate in some form of programming during their time in the computer lab.

During the past school year, Mrs. Kelbaugh’s junior kindergarten students used a coding program called Kodable to help them with their mouse skills. Her kindergarten students completed a course in Tynker, where they solved coding puzzles, which established basic programming concepts like sequencing, conditions, and loops. The Historic Anaheim Campus’ 1st through 5th grade classes have participated in the “Hour of Code” during the past few years, allowing Mrs. Kelbaugh to gauge the coding capability and interest level of the students. After the hour program, Mrs. Kelbaugh notes that the most difficult part was getting students to leave the computer lab when the class was over! This motivated Mrs. Kelbaugh to establish a “coding club.”
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“It is my belief that learning to program is somewhat like learning to write or learning a foreign language. Children should be able to start as soon as they show an interest. So we wanted to use a program that the younger students could handle.” – Mrs. Lainie Kelbaugh

During Coding Club, students in 2nd through 6th grade use a program called Scratch. Scratch was developed by MIT and uses a block based, or visual programming language. With this program, coding is accessible, so that interested Historic Anaheim students can get started on these mathematical and computational ideas much earlier. Anyone, children or adults, can gain an understanding of the fundamentals of programming by using a tool like Scratch. Many feel that beginning with a visual language can actually provide an easier learning transition to other more difficult types of programming languages!

“Most of my kids fall in love with Scratch and I am sure it is because it can be used in so many ways. Children can participate in storytelling, interactive quizzes, simulations, art, animation, and of course, games. The great thing is that they think they are just playing, but underneath, they are learning actual programming techniques.”

Scratch’s motto is “Imagine, Program, Share.” This program allows students to learn problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as learn to become apart of the global community.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
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keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
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nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
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  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
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Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
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DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
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