Geovany is a natural teacher. When I arrived, he greeted me as his usual upbeat self, telling of the challenging night he had had preparing. He had watched Tim’s video and reworked lesson 13. “This stuff is pretty hard,” he offered. “I hope I can do the kids justice.” And then he went on to do just that.

Like Roxanna he employed the children’s direction to locate tiles and describe process. Never saying no, he would say, “maybe but how might I do this.” He went over the difference between variables and commands in several ways until the children all nodded and voiced that they understood. The children pulled out the x and y coordinates and watched how they changed as their sketches moved. They then pulled out the heading variable and turned their attention to rotation. More and more the children are grasping that each and every sketch or object carries it’s own ‘backpack’ so to speak. Its halo, its scripts, its own redrawing palette. Naming is the key to organization of multiple objects as well as multiple pages. We mentors recognize that we can’t over stress this issue. The more complex a page becomes, with more objects doing more things, the greater the importance of naming. Organizing is paramount to reducing frustration.

Then the conversation turned to ‘bugs’, which led to uproarious laughter. The children were all coming up with Spanish names to describe a bug – mischievous imps that can disrupt your world. I found myself wishing I had a better grasp of Spanish so that I could have better understood the puns and nuances of the discussion.

At the end of this class Geovany was exuberant. “I think most of them got it,” he exclaimed and they had for the most part. For the next hour the children were encouraged to explore these concepts in relation to objects in their stories. Geovany left them with some of Bill’s advice. “The key is to experiment. Have some idea of where you want to go and head there.”

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