Play-Based Coding Lessons
Build a website from scratch on day one.Email Pete & Start Learning
Hey there, and thanks for asking! That'd be me - Peter Croce. I teach kids how to code in-person and via FaceTime/Skype. My tutoring style emphasizes projects and play. Why?
I’m Peter Croce. I teach kids how to code in-person and via FaceTime/Skype. My teaching style emphasizes projects and play. On day one, you will build your first website from scratch. And you'll add to it or build something even cooler in every subsequent lesson during that lesson's homework, a series of instructions called Code Play.
I have degrees from University of Florida in psychology and sociology and am an experienced web developer. Thanks to my career change to web development and my background in social sciences, I have both experiential and science-backed insight into how best to learn fast (and how to avoid the mistakes I made along the way).
My teaching style emphasizes accelerated learning by harnessing the power of play and flow. Each lesson requires the student understands why something works before they’re allowed to continue. I’m sociable and encourage students to talk about what they’re learning, especially because social skills are widely considered the most important soft skills among developers.
Parents have told me my enthusiasm rubs off on students. I hope you’ll have a chance to see for yourself.
How'd Code with Pete start?
While catching up with a good friend and former sociology professor of mine, I told him I had been learning web development, and he asked if I would teach his daughter how to code. We set up weekly lessons, in-person when she was in town and via FaceTime/Skype on the weekends she was with her mother, and both worked well. She loved it. Thinking about how I would learn to code if I could start over again from the beginning energized me. Putting together lesson plans, homework, and assignments I call "Code Play," I found myself in the same state of flow I embed in the accelerated, robust learning strategies, part of what I learned studying psychology and sociology at University of Florida. While I'm now teaching other students too, his daughter and I still meet weekly for lessons and she has advanced farther through my curriculum than any other student.
You might already know what flow is and you've definitely experienced it - intense focus while you're working playing on something you love, when time and space seem to melt away and you enjoy every minute. My lesson plans are designed to get students into a state of flow as fast as possible. That's where the most learning happens, and where they'll develop the enthusiasm that will propel them toward mastery.
I'm so excited to get you started! This stuff really is a ton of fun.
Keeping young brains safe
I'm very serious about keeping kids from becoming too tech dependent. This stuff can very literally rewire our brains, for better or worse. I'm committed to using it for the better and have studied how best to do that.
I've also experienced myself how scatter-brained I get when I use social media too much and since limiting myself to two short daily checks, mainly to answer messages, I've been noticeably happier and more focused. I bring that ethic to my lessons.
Most of what I teach can be done offline. During lessons, my active and outdoorsy lifestyle inevitably comes up from time to time and I always take that opportunty to talk briefly about what activities the student enjoys, and to hopefully leave the impression that coding is an important part of an increasingly tech-oriented and still amazingly vast and beautiful natural world.
My mission is to teach kids and teens how to code. I don't have a strict age range but I've noticed kids under the age of eight may have some difficulty learning the concepts we'll dive into. If you're younger and still interested in learning, click one of the buttons above to send me a message. I'm sure we can figure something out.