Lesson 1~ Starting Up
Whether a Finder or a Mentor, your start is key to how the rest of the conversation will go!
If you are Mentoring someone, properly introduce yourself. Be very sure to be kind! You want your New Scratcher to get a good first impression. If you are Finding someone, and you've found them, politely tell them how they seem fairly new to Scratch, and that we will help them if they'd like! If you are cold or rigid, why would they want help from you?
Here are some basic moods of New Scratchers~
Easy as pie, here. Simply greet them and 1) Play with their kindness, and 2) Be humorous.
First of all, introduce yourself. Say that they respond with something like, “I don't need a Mentor!” or, “Well, I don't need much help.”
The best response would be, “Oh, well, okay! If you would like one in the future, just take a look here~ (Link to Main Thread)! We can really help. ” or “Well, I'll see what I can do for you. ”
You have to 1) Act like you didn't realize their stubborn statement and 2) Offer your services anyway!
First of all, introduce yourself. Say that they respond with something like, “I don't need a Mentor!” or, “Okay, so when are we going to do something!?”
The best response would be, “Oh, well, okay! If you would like one in the future, just take a look here~ (Link to Main Thread)! We can really help. ” or “We will start up shortly. ”
You have to 1) Act like you didn't realize their rude statement and 2) Don't force anything! If you say, “Come on! join!” they might be offended, and that would seal the chances of them joining!
As you can see, New Scratchers can have a variety of emotions. After all, they are new! So, your assignment is to respond to these 3 situations below, and tell me which situation is which New Scratcher emotion- (“A”s are for Finders; “B”s for Mentors!)
1. Tell me your greeting
2A. Reply~ “i don't need a menttor! im rlly good at scratch alredy” What type, and what is your response?
2B. Reply~ “So what am I doing first? ” What type, and what is your response?
3A. Reply~ “umm… well, I guess so? it seems pretty cool. where do i start” What type, and what is your response?
3B. Reply~ “fine, but it better woork! what will we do” What type, and what is your response?
4A. Reply~ “it seems like you guys dont do much. if you were bettr, maybe.” What type, and what is your response?
4B. Reply~ “I'm already really good but this might make me better. I hope I'm not wasting my time”
To start out, let's do a quick review. To answer these, just say what kind of New Scratcher Mood Type these are~
“Alright, what will I be doing? I'm pretty confused…?”
“Fine. This seems pointless though…”
“I really don't need help, but I guess…”
“No! This is stupid.”
So, what would we do? " Mentors
Here are the Core Standards for Mentoring-
Forums- The basics of the Discussion Tab, such as Signatures, Posting, Quoting, Snipping, Browsing Threads, and Following Threads.
Coding- The basics of Creating a project, then explain the following- Pen, Variables, Operators, Motion, Control, Events, More Blocks, Sound, Sensing, and how they connect. Simply explain the meaning of these Tabs.
Scratch History- This is probably the hardest one as far as finding the information goes. Just put times that Scratch was created, any LARGE events in the past.
Studios- Curate, Follow, Manage, and Create. Explain them!
Wiki- Say where to find the Wiki and how to navigate through it. Be sure to explain the features!
How to get further help after the Mentoring Committee- Links to things like the About Tab, the “Getting Started on Scratch” search in the Wiki, and more.
Here are some basics about Hot-Spots of New-Scratchers-
Scratcher Chains- In some scenarios, Scratchers join in packs, or they know each-other in real life so thy comment with/follow each other. Use this to your advantage!
Forums- New Scratcher Forums do do you well! Use them!
Following Relationships- When one New Scratcher follows another, there is a chance that that Scratcher is New!@Mentors
Create a post or project that gives the information required from my teachings; Include links and formatting!@Finders
Find 5 New Scratchers, ask them to be Mentored, and say what strategy you used to find them!
A new Scratcher has asked you to help them with a game that they have created! Its called
The Amazing Adventures of the Emperor CATFISH!
It includes 2D Graphics where a fish is wandering through the ocean looking for secret seeweed…
He say's that he has this base idea but he can't think of anything else to add to his project and plot. How do you help him?
Here are where all Extra Credit Opportunities will be~
You can always fix your lessons for Extra Credit !
Finders~ Find 3 New Scratchers, and give me a link to them! Then, tell me how you found them! Mentors~ Make a project showcasing your skills!
Mentors~ Create an imaginary interaction between yourself and a new scratcher. The chain must be at least ten comments long .