Self-Esteem Keyboarding

November 6th, 2017 Mike Gecawich

This week I’m in Philadelphia for the Annual Conference for Middle-Level Education.

I got in early, so yesterday I went to check out a pizza place with a very interesting business model.

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza operates on a “Pay it Forward” premise where diners can donate $1 to buy a slice of pizza for homeless members of the community.

Each donated slice is represented with a post-it note stuck to the wall of the restaurant.

Diners feel good about helping out others, and individuals in need get a free lunch. It’s a win-win situation!

This premise got me thinking about how we can build a “pay it forward” approach into classrooms and I was inspired to share with you this week’s typing activity.

Through Self-Esteem Keyboarding, students will have a chance to practice their typing skills by writing kind messages about each of their classmates.

Not only will students be reminded how good it feels to share kind words with others, but at the end of the lesson each student will get a stack of typed compliments from their peers.

Everyone wins!

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3 responses to “Self-Esteem Keyboarding”

  1. Eileen A Murray says:


    Do you worry that some students may get none while others get a lot.


  2. Scarlet says:

    I like what you wrote and people should donate that one dollar for the homeless because it is good for the community.

  3. Kate says:

    Yeah, I don’t like that people take advantage of people by standing on the street corners asking for money when they don’t really need the money.

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