On the other hand, it is also important for students to work independently to learn how to learn, can work at their own pace, are more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, the world isn’t going to cheer us all on always. When things get tough, those who don’t quit are the ones who are determined to rely on their own sense of satisfaction and not someone patting them on the back. Students can self-evaluate when the fear of failure disappears. Students understand the learning is not always a straight path. Oftentimes it is a messy walk in the woods with a lot of detours. Independent learners are ready and capable of navigating the process.

Plan for students to work for longer than an hour to complete free play tour. Work that is began during class should be finished at students own pace at home and/or during independent lab time. This approach is the signature model that should be repeated during the tours.

All Sketchpad Basics (**SB**) tours are technical exercises. That is, they teach how to use the drawing tools, and how to use the command menus to accomplish specific task. This handbook is part a “how to” book in you will replicate sets of instructions, and part geometry investigations. The geometry topics range from finding area and perimeters of close plane figures to finding the appropriate set transformation to move the figure from one position to another in a plane.

In most cases the construction tools are taught through tours in which geometry concepts are explored. For example, the geometric transformation tours have four sections:

- An illustration of a specific concept using Sketchpad tools and menu functions,
- A discussion of the concept to deepen students understanding of the theory behind the concept,
- A summary of the mathematical notations, or formulas one would use to compute with the concept,
- And, a couple of problems for students to solve to test their understanding of the concept.

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