Written by Joey Yoo
Years Taught: 2016-2017
Position: Computer Science & Multimedia Design Teacher
On March 16th, Mr. Wooding officially resigned as a teacher at St. Mary’s. He taught Computer Science and Multimedia Design, both which he learned on his own. Surprisingly, he learned about these subjects by himself. The fact that he was self-taught came as a shock to many of his students. Because of his technological competence, most people assumed that he had been taught in college. Mr. Wooding learned computer science because he believed the importance of technology will continue to rise in the future. Technology is already everywhere, and coding is a useful skill to learn in the modern world.
What many people might not know is that Mr. Wooding was not the original Computer Science and Multimedia Design teacher. Although he has teaching experience at a college, he was not planning to teach at St. Mary’s. The teacher who had been hired, Mr. Lyu was unable to come, so Mr. Wooding came as a substitute. At that time, he had another commitment and was juggling two responsibilities at once. Choosing to leave was a very hard decision, and he stated that he will miss the classroom environment very much.
Mr. Wooding did not face many challenges at St. Mary’s. For the most part the students behaved as St. Mary’s students generally do. If he had to choose, his biggest challenge at St. Mary’s was with the different skill levels of the students in the classroom, with some students being advanced, and some being remedial. His challenge was making sure that the advanced people had a lot to do, and making sure the people who were behind had enough help to catch up.
He enjoyed his time at St. Mary’s mainly because he enjoyed walking into the classroom and seeing all the students learning and working hard. It made him proud when the students from his classes turned in their final projects. Seeing the excellent projects and realizing that his teachings led the students to achieve these things made him very happy.
The students will remember him by his teaching method. Since most of the students were relatively new to coding, he kept a consistent methodology when teaching. He would project his screen onto the board, and would write the code with the students. He did not work from any textbook or work by any set curriculum, but went as fast as the students went. Since he was self-taught, he did not always know the answer to student’s problems. This meant that he would solve the problem along with the student, which made the class different from other classes where there was always one distinct answer. Slowly drifting to the answer was more effective than drilling the information into the student’s heads. His quizzes or “code checks” were not easy, but allowed the students to learn from their mistakes in the end.
As a final message for the students and teachers of St. Mary’s, he says “I enjoyed my time in the classroom; I hope students and teachers alike continue to strive for excellence in learning.”