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Keyboarding Skills and the Common Core
If you’re a K-6er trying to incorporate the grade-specific Common Core State Standards, you have probably noticed an interesting skill set nestled within anchor standard W.CCR.6: keyboarding!
- Grade 3: With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
- Grade 4: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
- Grade 5: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
- Grade 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
One principle in developing the CCSS was to leave the standards vague enough to allow for flexibility at local levels. Because of this, you see very few mandated texts in the CCSS, and you also see very little direction in how instruction should look in a CCSS-aligned classroom.
So in trying to define what the authors consider a page or a single sitting, it seems wise for individual states or school districts to define a page and a single sitting. Using a word count to define a page, and a set an amount of minutes for a single sitting is a good baseline.
What kind of keyboarding is this?
Are we talking about keying in a previously composed document, or are we saying that these single-sitting sessions are to include the entire composition process (e.g., pre-writing, organizing, editing)?
Keyboarding is meant to be done in a single sitting, whereas the other skills mentioned (use of technology, publishing, interacting, and collaborating) could occur over multiple days or even weeks.
You can read the entire article here: http://www.teachingthecore.com/keyboarding-skills-and-the-common-core/
Try these typing sites with your students:
- Type to Learn 4
Under the start menu, All Programs, TTL4
- FUN TO TYPE
- EDU TYPING-This is a 90 day trial. Let your LMS know what you think.
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Winter Holiday Online Activities
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1. Victorious Breath
How We Move: We inhale the air like we are sipping a straw in the back of our throat and exhale as if we are fogging up a mirror.
Why We Move: To calm the nervous system and clear the mind. The breath is the anchor and the link to all poses.
Breathe In and Out: I AM VICTORIOUS.
2. Laughing Dove
How We Move: We extend our arms like wings half way over our toes.
Why We Move: To strengthen the spine and the legs.
Breathe In and Out: I AM HAPPY.
3. Kissing Knees
How We Move: From Laughing Dove, we fly over our legs as we melt our heart toward our knees.
Why We Move: To release the lower back, the hamstring muscles and a fresh flow of oxygen to the brain
Breathe In and Out: I AM HEALED.
4. Final Relaxation
How We Move: We lay down like we are resting in bed, flat on our backs, palms open, body relaxed.
Why We Move: To relax the whole body and rest.
Breathe In and Out: I AM STILL.
How We Move: From Final Relaxation, we hug our knees to our chest and roll over on our right side.
Why We Move: To gently awaken our body from a deep rest and embrace the quiet.
Breathe In and Out: I AM PEACEFUL.
How We Move: We inhale from Cocoon and rise up. The soles of our feet clap together with our knees splayed out like wings. Our shoulders align over our hips. Our heart smiles with our collarbone.
Why We Move: To bring circulation to our hips and to think about freedom, new hope, and the transformation of what is to come.
Breathe In and Out: I AM LOVE.
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