Keyboarding Tips for Teachers
Keyboarding. When some students hear that word pure fear shakes through their bones. Their eyes widen, their palms get sweaty, and they slump in their chairs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have our top 5 keyboarding tips that will help you have a successful experience in your classroom.
1. Be a Coach
Most, if not all of your students, will sit down at a keyboard without any formal training on how to type. It is your job to be their coach. You need to offer encouragement, praise, and always be there for your students, especially the ones that struggle. Never show frustration with the students who do not do well. They need you the most!
2. Follow the Guidelines
We always stress the importance of correct posture and wrist and hand position. In order to be an effective typist, your students will need to follow basic guidelines. Below is an image of a poster that we use with our students, and is included in our Keyboarding 101 resource.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
You will need to set aside at least 15 minutes a day for six weeks solely dedicated to typing. They need the time and repetition to become proficient typists. To track progress, we have developed a class grid that is part of our Keyboarding 101 resource. You can see the image below.
The home row is probably the hardest hand position for your students to master. To make it easier, we place small circular stickers on the home row keys (asdf and jkl;). This not only helps the students remember where the home row is, but also makes it easy for a teacher to see if a child has the correct home row position.
Keyboarding can get very boring and also frustrating for some students. We have found that games are fun and provide practice for typing. Some of our favorite online keyboarding game sites are: Fun to Type and Learning Games for Kids.
We hope you enjoyed our tips. We have created a detailed resource titled Keyboarding 101 that will provide you with: teaching tips, how to help struggling students, posters with guidelines to display, award certificates to hand out, and a class recording grid.
Let us know some of your top keyboarding tips too!