Category Archives: Touch Typing

The Value of Touch Typing

If there is one regret I have, it is that I never learnt how to touch type. I have developed my own awkward two or three-finger method and I get by quite adequately, but I’m never going to win any prizes for style! I often watch in awe as my colleagues who can type properly, seem to effortlessly float their hands over the keys, eyes straight ahead, as the words simply appear on the screen in front of them. Sigh…

Well, to try to instill good typing habits in our students, we start with touch typing in Grade 1 already, so by the time they get to Grade 4 and my IT centre, they have a fair idea of where the keys are and how the hands should be placed. Today we implemented a new touch typing programme, Master Key, and so far it seems to be a hit. The children liked the programme and enjoyed the fact that they were given feedback as to their progress. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come. The children generally do not enjoy typing, but I know that they will thank me one day when they are able to put their well-heeled typing skills into practice!