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Category Archives: Children’s typing

What Inspires Me

A-ha Moments…that’s what a teacher lives for. That moment of sudden realization in a student who has finally ‘gotten it’.  When the recognition of a student’s success causes their face to light up and a smile to form across their face.   Recently, I heard from a father who said,  “you don’t know me, but I have to say how impressive your method is! My late Asperger’s son was also so frustrated with the pen/pencil, but flourished on a keyboard.  Keep up the good work”. I wanted to know more about his son and asked for a bit more information on his success story.  These are some of the comments: “My son Ryan, who with Asperger’s Syndrome and legally blind, had some real challenges in being able to keep up with mainstream class work, especially in regards to getting his … Read More

Out with the Old… In with the New!

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D. Rockefeller Doesn’t that say it all!  My new mission is to get schools to throw out their ‘old school mentality’ and embrace the new ways of doing things.  Students have a different mentality towards learning because of the way they were brought up with technology.  Their brains work faster, their learning style is quicker and they expect to multitask as they are learning. As Alan Cohen says: “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” … Read More

I found my Passion!

I have been a very happy educator for the past 23 years….There is nothing better than to see a student overcome an obstacle and see themselves as confident and successful. As Mickey Rooney says, “You always pass failure on the way to success.” My job is to be sure I give my students enough skills to use when fighting for success.  There will be plenty of roadblocks in their lives.  The secret is to be able to jump over the obstacles and keep yourself in a forward motion. As Sir Winston Churchill reminds us, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” So now I HAVE come upon a personal roadblock.  I have noticed that one skill is missing from their curriculum….learning how to touch-type.  Now you may think this is a … Read More

Preventing the Summer Slide

NOW is the time to think about your summertime plans!  It can be as easy as hitting the town pool everyday, going to visit the grandparents, or going hunting for pollywogs and turtles with the neighborhood kids. Whatever your plans are, there is always something waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been … Read More

How to Develop a New Skill

As the President of Keyboard Classroom for the past 6 years, my passion has been to teach students how to type successfully so they can have a skill that they will take with them from their school years into their career years. My three main reasons for teaching students to type are:  If you wouldn’t give a child a book without  teaching them ‘how’ to read then WHY would you put a computer in front of a student without teaching them ‘how’ to type? Typists are better writers because touch-typing frees the mind from mechanics, allowing students to focus on ideas. Typing is a skill they’ll use every day! My goal is to get parents and students to understand how important it is to develop typing skills when they are in elementary school. Here are some steps for “developing a … Read More

Motivation

Whether you are a student, an office worker, a writer, or a salesman, have you noticed that there are times in the course of your life that you realized that you would love to know how to type? Answer  the following questions. If you answer just one of them affirmatively, then you need to know how to touch type. Do you type using the “hunt and peck method? Do you look at the screen while typing? Are you finding yourself spending an exorbitant amount of time at the office getting your work done? Do you spend a lot of time copying your home work to your computer? Do you and your friends like to send e-mails? Do you like to log on to Facebook and socialize with your friends? Are you a Writer and like to blog? Are you asking … Read More

Special Education Students

While channel surfing last night my husband and I came upon a HBO Documentary Special.  There were 4 mini programs on learning disabilities and special education. The first program was on ADD and ADHD and they interviewed children who had it.  The kids spoke honestly about their symptoms, how it affected them and what they needed to do to ‘look and act like normal kids’.  The first thing we noticed was how well they understood their disability.  The second thing we noticed is that each kid had trouble with their communication skills.  Their thoughts ran through their heads so fast that they had a hard time translating them in word or on paper.   When speaking in class the teachers didn’t have the patience to allow them to find the words that they were trying to get out.  The other students … Read More

Waiting for that first Teacher Conference

I can hear it now….why isn’t ‘Johnny’ progressing in his work?  Why can’t he take good notes?  Why can’t he keep up in class? There are many answers for those questions.  I can help in the note-taking aspect of learning.  As the Director of an educational program at the Ben Bronz Academy in Ct. I worked with many students who had a hard time manipulating a pencil/pen.  We introduced them to Keyboard Classroom, a typing program that was developed at the school by the teachers.  The results have been tremendous. As we now know, keyboarding is a life-long skill.  It has evolved from a “transcription” typing skill to a “generative” typing skill involving composing original thought at the keyboard.  Student writing develops faster through word processing because it facilitates the review and revision learning process.  Efficient keyboarding skills allow students … Read More

Old dog, new tricks

Michelle is a homeschool mom and blogger from Tampa who wrote a review about Keyboard Classroom.  I would like to share it with you! “ I am old enough that when I was in high school, there was a class called “Typing.”  There were mostly girls in this class.  And it was, in my teenaged, not-very-humble opinion, a class for those whose highest aspirations involved working for the CEO, not being the CEO.  My guidance counselor suggested this class when I had a free period and did not want a study hall (another completely useless thing, in my thoughts) but I turned my nose up at the idea. So, I hunted and pecked my way, on a word processor machine, through my upper class research papers and graduated with a diploma that reflected higher learning, not secretarial training. Even in … Read More

It’s time to place an effective typing curriculum near the top of the list.

I just read an article in The Hartford Courant today about “allowing students to bring to school any online device they had- Smartphone, tablet or laptop- for use in class as teachers saw fit.”  Educators are realizing that it makes no sense to stop students from using the digital tools they use outside of school.” I totally agree with this but I do have one concern.  Why would you hand a student a laptop and NOT teach them how to touch type beforehand?  You don’t drive a car until you take driver’s ed….you don’t jump into a pool before you learn to swim….you don’t give a child a book without teaching them how to read first.  My point is that there are steps to learning how to do something.  You don’t start at step 10 and work backwards!  You start … Read More


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