So far I have learned several tactics about teaching kids. The first is that when teaching kids, it’s good to make them discover how things work by doing things they already know how to do. For example, the drawing game in the lesson plan. The kids will act as the sprite and the programmer without even knowing it by explaining how to draw a secret picture to a friend. By doing this, the kids can then realize how Scratch works and how programming every little detail is super important, just like telling their friends to draw every detail and explain it very descriptively. I also have learned that when teaching kids, it is important to plan out everything precisely, and be ready for the kids to either really understand the lesson, or to maybe need the extra help. For the kids moving extra fast on the project, we have challenges for them. For the kids who need the extra help, we wrote out a detailed lesson plan so explaining something is easy and makes sense to the kids. Overall, I’m excited to teach the fourth graders, and hope that they enjoy Scratch.
Here is an example of one of the drawings the kids will try to explain to their friends.