These days, kids are all about the iPads and the smartphones. But what happens when they get a real computer at test time and they’ve never used a mouse before?
It’s an inevitable fact of teaching that students will complete the work you assign them at different paces. Without fail, one student will finish before another student is even halfway through.
Every teacher learns pretty quickly that it’s imperative to have a game plan for what students will do when they finish their work early. It makes sense then, that one of the greatest advantages of an online program like Typing.com, is that students can work at their own pace.
Many of our teachers find that it’s useful to manage student progress by assigning specific lessons to their classes each week (learn how to assign lessons here). Assigning lessons is a good way to keep students working on the specific content you’ve chosen, and to help you keep tabs on how a given class is doing across certain skills.
So what do you do if some students breeze through the day’s lessons while others are slowly chugging along?
Attention Typing.com teachers! As you know, we have added an extensive digital literacy curriculum to Typing.com – including Coding, Career Skills, Computer Basics, Internet Safety, and more. And, now that we have all this great new content, we want to make sure that it’s easy for you to find and use!
Dear Ask a Teacher,
How can I create a positive and productive classroom environment for all my students? I want my students to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas without fear of ridicule or risk of censure.
Positively In Charge
Hello, Positively in charge!
Teachers play an important role in setting the classroom environment. In fact, the way students interact with each other and the work in front of them is largely dictated by this it. And creating a positive class environment is invaluable for building trust and getting results.
When it comes to setting a positive classroom culture, a good place to start is with core values.
Which values, mindsets, and people skills do you want to encourage? If you can settle on three to four core values to consistently model and reinforce in your classroom, you’re likely to end up with the environment you want.
Below are four of the most popular core values along with ideas on how to make them part of your class culture.
October 14-19 is Digital Citizenship week!
Although we should help students understand how to be good digital citizens throughout the year, Digital Citizenship Week is great opportunity to reinforce the important behaviors and actions that make up good digital citizens.
But, what is a good digital citizen?
There are many definitions of a good digital citizen. Perhaps the most comprehensive definition is as follows:
A good digital citizen is a person with the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others, and create and consume digital content.
Below are some things to consider when educating your students on the important responsibilities digital citizenship.