I am a teacher of grade school students and I am just wondering what are other things should I consider when conducting keyboarding lessons?
Start by emphasizing and regularly checking as students develop the basic techniques of good posture, correct arm position, and proper hand placement.
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With Typesy, since each lesson is customized to its learner, the length of time needed for mastery varies. Typesy is designed to monitor each typist’s progress and adapt to their skill level, so no one will ever find themselves with lessons too easy or too difficult, regardless of how many classmates are participating in the lesson.
It is likely that students in your class will be at differing levels of typing proficiency. There are many ways to keep your advanced students engaged while you focus your attention on your struggling students. Consider hosting competitions for highest WPM or accuracy, allow your most advanced students to tutor less experienced classmates, or challenge your adept typists by blindfolding them or covering the letters on their keyboard. Having a few ideas up your sleeve will ensure your skilled typists don’t become bored and distracting to others who need time to practice.
Always remember to remind your students: the measure of a proficient typist does not rely solely on the speed of their typing. Keyboarding ability is measured in both speed and accuracy. Typing speed is measured in the total amount of words per minute (WPM) written. Accuracy is measured as a percentage of words typed correctly or incorrectly.
Lastly, typing practice does not need to be a mundane task! Utilize typing games to keep students engaged, and before you know it, students will be begging to practice their keyboarding skills. Aside from keeping lessons fun, typing games allow students to track their progress, happily focus on areas of weakness, and practice their hand-eye coordination, a skill much needed in touch typing.
Best of luck in your classroom!
You will want to prepare yourself for a wide variety of proficiency! Some of your students may already be more than capable of touch typing, some may have already learned other, more inefficient methods, and some may have had very little contact with a keyboard at all. You must be ready to teach to all levels.
Don’t ignore your proficient typists thinking they’ve learned all they need! When it comes to typing, there is no such thing as too much practice. If a student has already developed proper touch typing technique, they can utilize class time to improve their accuracy, increase their WPM, or even offer one-on-one help to classmates who may be struggling. If a student has developed their own method of typing, test their speed, accuracy, and ability to type without looking. In all likelihood, relearning typing skills with the touch typing method will improve the student’s overall typing ability.
Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)