What are the things I should consider in keyboarding lessons?
Start by emphasizing and regularly checking as students develop the basic techniques of good posture, correct arm position, and proper hand placement
The Typesy Team
In a classroom, it is likely that students 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 typers by blindfolding them or covering the letters on their keyboard. Having a few ideas up your sleeve will ensure your skilled typers don’t become bored and distracting to others who need time to practice.
Remind students often that the measure of a proficient typist does not rely solely on the speed of their typing. There are many ways of illustrating the importance of this fact for your students who may be focused on being the fastest typist in class. Consider imparting rules for calculating typing proficiency. In times past, for example, when typewriter typists were tested on their ability, their WPM score was reduced by 10 for every mistake made within a minute long test. So a speedy typer may clock in at 50 WPM but make 3 mistakes, dragging their overall score down to 20 WPM. Establishing rules such as these in class will entice your more ambitious students to take their time, thus ensuring good typing practice habits.
These lessons don’t have to be mundane! 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.