Teacher Review For Scratch

Interactive and engaging coding and problem solving

Rose A.
Classroom teacher
Nagel Middle School
Cincinnati, OH
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I us this product with typical, gifted, and ELL students with great success. Even though most students don't recognizes this, mathematical concepts (coordinate planes, if then statements) are required and applied in all programming scenarios. Problem solving is also a key concept as they debug their and others' work.
My Take
I have used Scratch for 8 years now and I have adapted it for high ability learners as well as non-English speaking students. Students become engrossed when interacting with it and while there is a lot of chatter, they are usually tickled by a new discovery or helping a peer create or debug a program. I like that the student is in control of his or her learning. The growth in logic and problem solving is exponential and exciting to see.