Head-to-head Typing Contest

Originally uploaded by mgolding

Something interesting happened on Friday that I’m excited to share. I set up my middle school keyboarding class in a March Madness-like competition. The goal was to infuse class spirit and assess the kids’ typing speeds (we use Typing Master software). Students battled each other for the highest scores to move on to the next level of competition.

This photo shows the finals. Incidentally, the two finalists are two of the youngest students in the class!

The cheering was amazing — students were very supportive of their classmates during the competition.

I don’t normally host such directly competitive events in my classroom. This, however, was a rousing success. I am glad I waited until the students had learned to touch type all (or nearly all) of their letters before this competition. While some students reverted to their hunt-and-peck ways, the two finalists are proud touch typists.