Scratch Day 3: 2007-10-31

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Day 3 Notes

See Creative Computer Exploration with Scratch: Day 3 for the lesson plan.

The review went very well, though it was a challenge to keep the kids off the computers at the side of the room while students were presenting. The kids loved being able to use the smart board to present.

I encountered a lot of resistance to the idea that people needed to write down ideas before starting to bang away at the keyboard and mouse. Some groups stayed on plan, others did not. Also, a serious personality conflict torpedoed my semi-random group assignments. I tried to pair older kids with younger ones, but one student absolutely refused to work with another.

I reshuffled the groups instead of escalating the confrontation, but still had to help redirect the hostility of the indignant student away from the other student. Sample dialog "Don't you think that if we review that in class, it's going to hurt someone's feelings?" That's the mildest rebuke of several I had to deliver. Ugh.

Several groups devised viable projects and followed the lesson plan, others were content to scratch around on their own.