Frequently Asked Questions for Melissa

Where are classes located?

Most chugim are held in the classroom / lab in my apartment in Katamon, but classes are also held at schoools, community centers, and private homes throughout Jerusalem. To inquite about classes or to start a private group, please email me. Distance learning is also available.

What if my child speaks little or no English?

Although it might be a challenge, your child is certainly welcome to try any classes. I will do my best to make the necessary accommodations.

Do you offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes?

If your child / children need ESL classes, I am happy to arrange private tutoring or small groups. I have experience teaching ESL and my teaching credential from California includes the CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development) emphasis.

Are parents welcome to stay during class?

I'm happy to speak to parents before and after class, but it's best for children to be on their own once the lesson starts. I will keep parents informed about what is happening by sending weekly emails and regularly updating the Read, Write, Code! Twitter and Facebook pages. Parents are also invited to the final celebration / presentation at the end of each six week session.

How many children are in each class?

At schools at community centers, the number changes. However, in general, the maximum number is six.

What is the ratio of children to computers?

Most work is done in pairs or groups of three.

Can my child bring his / her own laptop?

Yes. But it's not necessary and please note that I can not take responsibility for your family's laptop. Please speak to me before sending your child to class with a laptop.

Will students be allowed to be online? If so, how do you monitor their safety?

Yes, and often. To ensure their safety, I will guide them through all searches, and their screens will be visible to me whenever their laptops are connected to the Internet. Most needed links to activities are provided on the blog post for each session.

I see that you use social media. Will photos or videos of my child ever be posted online?

I only post photos of students whose parents have signed a photo release.

Why teach technology? My children use computers and mobile devices all the time - maybe even too much. I want my children to work on their literacy skills.

According to Mitch Resnick, creator of Scratch, “Young people today have lots of experience … interacting with new technologies, but a lot less so of creating [or] expressing themselves with new technologies. It's almost as if they can read but not write.” For more information, please visit the "Why Code" page.

Do all classes include programming and coding?

Yes! Espeically since so many wonderful resources have come out over the past few years. There are apps appropropriate for children as young as four.

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a child-friendly application created by M.I.T. and is frequently used to teach animation. For more information, please read the class description and visit the Scratch Web site.

If you have questions that aren't addressed here, please send Melissa an email at info@rwcisrael.com.