Seven years ago I leapt out into the great unknown that was High School teaching. I’ve had a fabulous time. It’s been the most incredible privilege to work with these amazing young people.
I’ve developed Computational Science projects that have enabled my year 11s to make real and ongoing contributions to cancer research, neuroscience, marine biology, conservation, and more.
I’ve developed an innovative Data Science curriculum for year 10s that gives my students experience with real data sets, data visualisation, and meaningful projects.
I’ve worked with some extraordinary students, some incredibly supportive academics, and some truly fabulous teachers, especially this year.
But for some time it has been bothering me that the problem with Computer Science – with teaching technology in general – is not solved in my classes.
It starts right back in Primary School.
It starts with the lack of teachers trained in the area.
It starts with teachers, parents, and kids who are scared of code.
It’s a problem I think I can fix.
I have the place to stand.
I just need to find the lever.
So I am leaving John Monash Science School. It makes me sad. There have already been tears. There will be many more.
But I am excited. It’s time to take what I do to a much larger audience. I’m going to spend some time figuring out the best ways to do that, but there are a few projects I am already committed to that I’ll talk about more when the time is right.
Stay with me. Talk to me. Engage with me on this journey. Kids with better tech skills will change the course of our future. Let’s make it happen.