24th August 2022
Resources to help you get Back to Dojo
It’s that time of year again when many Dojos return from break. It can be a busy month for a lot of people, so we have a special comprehensive guide to help you restart your Dojo!
For the next four weeks, our Back to Dojo series will highlight helpful resources that you may need for your Dojo, from planning your first session to promoting inclusivity in your club.
Check below for our schedule for the next month, including all of the links to our resources.
Week 1: Planning and promoting
- Get planning! Sometimes it can be overwhelming to get started after a break. This resource will help you plan your Dojo sessions to make it easy to get back into it.
- Returning to in-person sessions? Check out these five helpful tips for resuming in-person Dojos.
- Have everything planned, but looking for a way to promote your Dojo to your community? You can promote your first Dojo back here.
Week 2: First sessions back
For this week, we will be sharing resources that will help you get back into the swing of things, including new projects, group activities, and much more!
- What better way to get to know your Ninjas than with some cool icebreakers? This is a fantastic way to reintroduce your club members if you are returning to sessions after a break or to meet each other for the first time.
- Not sure what projects to start with? Our new Introduction to Scratch path offers a useful step-by-step projects that develop young people’s independence over time.
- Want to try something new with young people? Give them a taster for HTML/CSS with these one pager projects (1. Photo gallery, 2. Style a page, 3. Animation). If they enjoy those, then it’s time to check out our new HTML project path.
Week 3: Volunteers
This week, we’ll highlight our resources that will help with recruiting volunteers and training. Find out about our safeguarding module and tips for looking after your mental health.
- Recruiting volunteers can be an overwhelming task, however, our volunteer resources aim to make it as easy as possible. Check out these posters you can use too.
- Children’s safety is a top priority for CoderDojo members and mentors. This Safeguarding Module is an useful and mandatory course to help you best run your Dojo.
- Mental health is extremely important, which is why this post provides 10 helpful well-being tips.
Week 4: Inclusivity
Inclusivity is at the heart of the CoderDojo Ethos. So this week will be about how to promote inclusivity in your Dojos.
- Learn how you can make your Dojo more accessible with our guide.
- Check out one of our great FutureLearn courses that will help teach you how to include inclusivity in your sessions!
- See our CoderDojo Girls Initiative, which aims to increase the proportion of girls attending Dojos.
We’ll be sharing all of these great resources on our socials, using the hashtag #BackToDojo.