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Four relatively easy ideas would be to: Conduct periodic code reviews where you point out style issues like these. If you make code reviews a regular thing, the repetition should hopefully help students eventually start using functions independently. Since your students are in elementary school, this should obviously be a very lightweight and informal code ...


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This is what happens when you put the cart before the horse. The kids know syntax, but do not understand programming. This is very common. The kid see what they are trying to do as as commands in code when actually it is a series of tasks that need to be planned prior to sitting in front of a computer typing code. Get the kids away from the keyboard. ...


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