Jacqui provides insight on keyboarding vs. handwriting speed for upper elementary/middle school students. As OT’s this is a process that we typically do with students we support individually. It is a great perspective to gain Jacqui’s insight on typical students responses and progress!
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Every year, I have 4th grade students compare handwriting speed to keyboarding speed. We run it like an experiment.
- we discuss the evidence–pros and cons
- we develop a hypothesis
- we test the hypothesis (with a series of four tests)
- we revise if necessary
I wanted to test some of the reasons students come up with on both sides of this issue. I framed the discussion with Common Core standards for keyboarding as well as my school’s guidelines:
- students must type 25 wpm by 4th grade, 30 by 5th, 35 by 6th, 40 by 7th, 45 by 8th
- students must type 2 pages in a single seating. That roughly 500 words. at the 4th grade required speed, that’s 20 minutes of typing at a single sitting
Since fourth graders for both years I’ve done this have (from a show of hands) believed handwriting was faster, I put that as pro. I…
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