Coding lesson plan — November’s Quest of the Month

Introducing Classcraft’s eighth Quest of the Month! Each month at Classcraft, we’ll be choosing one awesome quest to promote. Our pick for the month of November is Lenny Dutton, the creator of the “Coding Champions Quest,” a lesson plan that will have students creating everything with code. You can import this quest here.

If you use Classcraft, you can submit quests you’ve created to be the next Quest of the Month on our submission page. Quests are personalized, self-paced, choose-your-own-adventure lessons for students. Our goal is to spotlight the amazing educators who inspire us and share creative, teacher-made content with our global community of forward-thinking educators.

Take it away, Lenny!

What grades and subjects do you teach?

Lenny Dutton: I teach Digital and Product Design MYP Design to be precise! – for grades 6 to 8.

How long have you been teaching?

Dutton: 10 years

Where do you teach?

Dutton: International School Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

What made you decide to use Classcraft?

Dutton: We learn most when we are having fun! Students are excited to come to class and love using this. They even ask for the Volume Meter to go on! I also love the new Quests feature. Since I only see each class for three hours a week, I can give them so much more content and so many fun activities by using quests.

What kinds of things are you passionate about?

Dutton: I told all my students at the start of the year that I value play, kindness, and effort! I’m also passionate about global issues, sustainable development goals, design, and more!

Why do you love the quest you created? What makes it special?

Dutton: Coding is one of those things that students get really excited about and are happy to explore themselves. I only see each class for a few hours a week, so this is a fantastic way to give them extra content. I also created this so even a student with zero experience can take part. It starts with block coding and moves through to Javascript and Python. For this quest, I spent a lot of time writing the story too.

What did your students think of your quest? How did they react?

Dutton: Students love it! They already want me to make a similar one about game design and another with no block coding! I love seeing how many emails I get outside of school hours with notifications telling me students are working on the quest.

What’s one of your favorite things about Classcraft?

Dutton: I love the reaction my students give when they earn XP or level up! They are proud and excited by this. They all want to do well in class, because of that simple reward. I also love how they work together as a team to support each other!

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