Many students get confused when they have to plot ordered pairs on a graph. “Run and jump” helps them remember that the first number is x and the second is y. Teach your students to mutter “run and jump” as they first slide their pencil to the x, then slide to y.
Don’t get discouraged if your little scholars don’t quite master “run and jump” after the first lesson. The simple catchphrase should be enough to get most kids back on track, even if it’s been a while since the class plotted ordered pairs. Your heart will warm when you hear your students reminding each other to “run and jump.” Teacher intervention is rarely necessary once kids know the trick.
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Touch typing is one of the most important skills your students can learn. The ability to type quickly and accurately will help students at school and in the workplace. I recommend TypingClub.com, a FREE resource. It has so many features to help teach typing and organize a class’s efforts. You won’t believe it’s free!
TypingClub is great because it lets you organize your whole class and customize each student’s experience. You can set the pace, the standards of performance, and the style of lessons. The prearranged typing program will work very well, but you can also create assignments and tests. You can set the program to allow students to progress freely through lessons, or you can hold them back until they meet standards. It’s all up to you, and it’s very easy to set up.
Some students are naturally motivated to learn how to type. Others need prodding. Here are some things that encourage my students:
- Tell them that they have an advantage over typing students from decades past. Thanks to texting, today’s kids know where the letters are on the keyboard.
- Give them candy every for every five lessons they pass.
- Set individual or whole-class goals with associated rewards.