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July 22/23: Melting Pot Ministries
9-12 participants

What went well: On the 22nd students were really engaged in the game we were creating in Scratch, and they were quick to analyze code and answer questions about the logical sequencing. At the end of class, students seemed upset to be leaving. We built a 'dodgeball' game that required students to use the x,y axis and the use of the arrow keys to move a sprite on the stage.

What we would do differently: Perhaps have a handout for students to follow so if they were ahead or behind they could move forward or take time to catch up. On the 23rd we had several students come into class that were not there on the first day, so it may be helpful to have a sheet with further directions or guiding questions. It was challenging to answer everyones questions at the same time.

What we could improve on: Again, talking less is always something to improve on. When it comes to scratch, I find myself giving lots of hints and codes to students. I tried really hard to get students to work on their own but I will need to take better note of the questions students ask repeatedly and perhaps provide the answers to just those questions.

July 16: Melting Pot Ministries
9 Participants

What went well: The students are eager to learn and they really enjoy finding success when coding. We did an 'evil twin' page today and they were tentative at first but got really engaged when they realized that they could customize their individual page however they wanted. The kids also got really excited when we took the last ten minutes to play around on 'the hour of code' as it is game-based. 

What we would do differently: Really figure out a way to bridge the gap between logical thinking in video games or puzzles and how that relates to coding as a whole. I think the students get really overwhelmed when we start talking about attributes,  tags, and how it all relates to the webpages we see daily.

What we could improve on: Talking less! I always worry that I instruct too much or I go overboard and talk too little. I need to get better at finding a middle ground between giving too much instruction and giving too little instruction. 

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