A Learning Experience

A learning experience when I was young that was a non-traditional method of teaching was in 4th. Every Wednesday the class would line up outside in order by last name, then our teacher would lead us across where 7th and 8th graders had classes, to the computer lab at Washington Middle School. As the class got settled into seats, our computer teacher would tell us to log on with our user names, which were just our first initial and last name. She would next tell us to click on the program Mavis Beacon, which was a program to help students learn to type and help them improve it every time.

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The program was like this, the character, as in you, would be in a class taught by a typing company which has many different levels in typing and would progress as you did. There would be an instructor to help you along in the program if you needed any assistance. As your character sat down at a computer screen, you would see your character’s hands at the keyboard and letters that you would have to type but you were not suppose to look down at the real keyboard. If you hit the wrong letter, it would show on the character’s fingers what letter you were hitting and would light up red if it was wrong.

As we advanced in the program our computer teacher would make us cover our keyboards as a text so we were not able to look down during tests. Another thing about the program was you were only able to miss so many letters before you had to retry the lesson until you concurred it. How fast you type was another way to not pass. If it wasn’t fast enough you would have to practice in order to pass to the next lesson. My experience of this program was interesting, and when I was younger I was always fascinated by computers, so this was something that was fun to me.

I picked up this program very quick and it taught me how to type even though I didn’t fallow the rule of not to look down but I can type at a reasonable pace. As I grew up I had a computer and would talk to friends online, whom my typing kills improved, everyday. I do believe this non-traditional method was a way for me to obtain a skill that now has helped me a lot through school and will always help me in the future. My other experience, which is a traditional method, was flashcards, but not just any old flashcards.

They were math flashcards; the math problems would be on the front and the answer would be on the back. My class in 3rd grade would study the math cards our teacher gave us, then at the end of the week she would text us on them and the ones we got wrong would still have to study them until you learned them. This method helped me master my 3’s and 7’s times table. Every night I would quiz myself until I was tired and went to bed. I would do this everyday until Friday. When I did take the test I passed my 3’s and 7’s every time and form then on I have always known my 3’s and 7’s times tables.

Also this method helped me all the way to 8th grade pre-algebra. It helps when I started to do long-division and I would know what number could be divisible by another number and it came easy to me as well. Also this is one study habit I still used then. It would always help me to know some problems as examples and math cards were ok to use on tests. This traditional method of teaching was the strongest that glued into my mind and stuck there until my depression phase hit but is for another time.

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