Hi,If you and your kids approach this learning experience like work, it will feel like work. Make a game out of it! Reward your students for progress, and use difficulties as an opportunity to get better. Our software offers lessons from typing experts and all kinds of gadgets to diagnose your typing speed, but we also offer lots of fun games that will make your experience easier and more enjoyable.
Community Associate at Typesy
It is likely that students in your class will be at differing levels of typing proficiency, so prepare yourself for that. 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.
No matter what level of typing mastery a student has, the most important piece of learning touch typing is consistency and repetition. Touch typing relies on developing the muscle memory needed for typing without looking at the keys. After enough practice, all students will be moving their fingers across the keys instinctively. Remind your students of this often - they may not recognize improvements every day, but with daily practice, they should be making marked improvements within a month.
Make sure you set aside designated time for practicing typing; assigning computer-based projects will not benefit students in the same way. While there may be a slight improvement in some students’ typing, spending time typing is not the same as practicing typing. Without dedicated practice time, students could develop bad habits or work at a speed much slower than what they would ultimately be capable of. Once accomplished, the ability to touch type will yield positive results for students for the rest of their lives and is therefore decidedly worth dedicating time to.
Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)