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The Most Successful Teachers Aren’t Afraid To Ask For Help.

In a recent study of elementary school teachers completed by Northwestern University, the most successful teachers were the ones who reached out to other teachers for advice and assistance. And their fellow teachers are happy to share their wisdom and experience!

“Ask a Teacher” is a new segment within the Typing.com blog, created to help teachers continue to share and collaborate. This monthly article will answer the questions our teacher-readers pose to us and each other. 

The goal of the new “Ask a Teacher” column is to make your jobs as educators a bit easier. Typing.com has over 600,000 teachers and we’re hoping you can all help each other towards the common goal of student success. 

You’re invited to ask your questions and provide support and answers in the comments below. We hope you will find value in this knowledge-sharing space. With your contributions, this could become a regular tool for everyone’s personal and professional growth. 

Check out our first question and answer below:

Dear Ask A Teacher,

What is a good trick for young students (in elementary school) to remember passwords? Too much of the class time is spent on getting them logged in. I won’t use one for all because they’re also learning about the importance of data privacy.

Sincerely,

Login Hassles


Dear Hassles,

One of the biggest time-wasters for teachers, when using computers in the classroom, is getting all of their students logged in. There are some great programs like Clever, ClassLink, and Google Classroom that offer single-sign-on capabilities. This allows your students to create a single password for all applications (based on application availability and school/district implementation). 

If this is not an option for you, Here’s one way you can help you students create a password that they can remember:

Have your students generate passwords combining two things that are interesting to them. For example, they can combine a favorite color or animal, and a number Then have them write down their password somewhere safe so they can check it until they memorize it. As long as they are using it regularly, this will happen naturally.

Even when you have the option of logging in and checking or resetting their passwords, it is not recommended. Instead, plan a “memory question” to help them remember. If they all created passwords using the same formula (favorite color and number), this will be easy.

We hope this will save you time and headaches!

If you have other suggestions to help Login Hassles, please feel free to share them in the comments.

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One thought on “The Most Successful Teachers Aren’t Afraid To Ask For Help.

  1. I teach over 220 students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in Typing.com. So I use colored index cards and print their typing.com logins and paste them to the cards. The cards also have their homeroom teachers name and the day of the week they come to see me as well as the number of the computer where they are supposed to sit. This card will also have their passwords for code.org, prodigy, and any other sites they need. Also on the cards I write notes about the student like “looks at their hands”, “needs a cover”, * for correct technique. Then I have an index card box with Monday-Friday tabs to put each set of cards behind the day they are in the computer lab. Each grade is a different color so they are easy to distinguish from other grades.

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