Encourage students to use blocks instead of the user interface when orienting the sprite in Scratch.

  • Students may initially try to make the sprite turn a certain angle using the user interface in the sprites pane, as shown in the image below. This is often difficult and frustrating!
    • The frustration students encounter when trying to manipulate the sprite to an exact angle instead of using a block is a pain point.
      • A pain point is a task that encourages students to find a better solution than the one they're using because it becomes too painful to keep doing.
Students find it frustrating to turn the sprite manually. They find it helpful to use the point in direction block

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External Source
Colleen Lewis' CS10K Scratch Webinar