How would you motivate a student to continue with his practice?
Keep going with why. Ask students to reflect aloud (or in a typed document!) on any tasks that need good keyboarding skills, especially activities important to them in school and elsewhere. Tell students that once they start making personal connections to why typing matters, they’ll see even more reasons to learn proper keyboarding.
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Student engagement is key in motivating focus and persistence. 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.
Competitions can be a great way to motivate students and incentivize good work, too. However, be careful to construct competitions that will not have the opposite affect - try to avoid pitting students against each other or running activities that will designate someone a “loser.”
The good news is you still have plenty of options to mix up your typing lessons! 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.
You can also have students set personal goals - they will then effectively be competing against themselves to beat past scores!