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Breakout Session Notes: Strategies for Supporting Diverse Students (November 2012 Meetup)

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Notes by Karen Brennan from a breakout session hosted at the November 2012 Scratch Educator Meetup

Key Question
How do we support students who are diverse in their interests and current abilities?


  • create videos for students, like Colin's Scratch Challenges (
  • offer a menu of challenge choices
  • give a general challenge, then giving suggestions for adaptations to individual students
  • build culture of asking a neighbor
  • encourage kids to share their expertise in the classroom
  • respond to the "I'm done" by asking the students to add layers
  • give students freedom in process by providing them with a project specification sheet (e.g. needs to have a score, multiple players)