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A world of electives
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Berkeley principal receives
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School children pitch
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St. Paul School
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Elementary Schools Information Guide

St. Paul School in San Pablo adds coding classes

St. Paul School is excited to add Coding and Foundational Computer Skills to our Fourth- through Eighth-Grade students this year.

Research shows that in terms of cognitive advantages, learning a system of signs, symbols and rules used to communicate, language study improves thinking by challenging the brain to recognize, negotiate meaning and master different language patterns. Coding, writing a computer software program in a programming language, does the same thing.

Students who speak a second language are better multitaskers because they're used to switching between language structures. Coding, likewise, also involves understanding and working within similar structures.

We feel that teaching foundational computer science and coding will minimize the divide between students who receive instruction on how to do things with technology vs. those learning how to make technology do things. Technology and computers are very much at the core of our economy going forward. We want to move from teaching students how to push the buttons and start teaching them how to make the buttons.

The advantage of this opportunity is useful no matter what field of work or advanced education they want to pursue. We evolve to continue to teach and serve the "Whole Child."

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