My Coding Club this year has taught me lots. These students want to learn to code. They are very motivated and bring some background coding knowledge with them.
Their are many skill levels. Some students can follow directions and simply take off with a lessons that I prepare. These students benefit from a recap of the preceding lesson and from reading through code to see what we expect to happen. They also have shown me some spectacular new things to try. Other students are stuck remembering the slnova password. Sheesh.
I am proud that I have learned to scan code and find errors that prevent students from being successful.
I feel better having had eager students to work with initially. Going through the process of having an after school club, takes some of the anxiety out of the possibility of having another club next year. I also can see the benefit of using the simulations with all students, even the less motivated ones.