WDP — Touch Typing

Describe something you learned in high school.

Quite possibly the most valuable skill I leaned in high school was touch typing on a QWERTY keyboard. Back then it was on an electronic typewriter, not on a computer keyboard.

The next most valuable skill I learned in high school was critical thinking.

I still use my critical thinking skills. And I still use a QWERTY keyboard. Well, actually, since I mostly use my iPhone rather than a laptop with a full-size physical keyboard, I use a tiny QWERTY virtual keypad and tap on that keypad with either my index finger or with my two thumbs, depending upon how I’m holding my iPhone.

20 thoughts on “WDP — Touch Typing

  1. lifelessons April 14, 2023 / 11:26 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I didn’t much like my typing teacher, but in retrospect reverse my harsh judgement…at least the part about demanding 3 perfect copies of at least three documents a day… no erasures!!! And no memory typewriters.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lifelessons April 14, 2023 / 11:27 am

    Ha! you made a mistake on your QWERTY up there. Mrs. Kuhrt would dock you for that!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 14, 2023 / 12:03 pm

      I’d love to blame that mistake on autocorrect, but it was my error. I’ll blame it on my iPhone’s tiny virtual keypad. Yeah, that’s the ticket!


  3. Paula Light April 14, 2023 / 11:41 am

    Yes! Typing! Probably the only skill I actually needed, besides trigonometry, of course 😂😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marleen April 14, 2023 / 11:46 am

    What a coincidence. My typing teacher is involved in something else I wrote for a comment, today. My kids have been impressed with my typing ability. I’ve never used it for a job, though. Good thing. I’m not very quick at it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Marilyn Armstrong April 14, 2023 / 12:04 pm

    You know? That is EXACTLY what I tell people. Touch typing made everything else I’ve done possible or at least a whole hell of a lot easier. I rarely use whatever I learned in Botany or Biology, but typing? And funny, because everyone in the academic program HAD to take typing. They told us that when you get to college, they aren’t going to accept hand-written papers.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango April 14, 2023 / 12:23 pm

      Yep, I used my touch typing skills throughout my career. Truly a valuable and extremely useful life skill.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. ganga1996 April 14, 2023 / 1:18 pm

    I think my generation was the last learn typing and I learnt shorthand too 😊.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marilyn Armstrong April 14, 2023 / 2:19 pm

      I tried to learn shorthand. It would have been very useful while doing interviews, but I didn’t have the patience for it.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Fandango April 14, 2023 / 4:17 pm

        Both of older sisters knew shorthand, but I never had any interest in learning it.


        • Marilyn Armstrong April 15, 2023 / 7:59 pm

          Before cell phones, we had to take notes when doing interviews and for a while, I ran a newspaper (English-language) in Jerusalem. You had to take notes otherwise you’d forget everything. I created my own version of shorthand. I think most reporters do something like that.

          Liked by 1 person

  7. Carol anne April 14, 2023 / 2:42 pm

    I learned to touch type when I was 9 years old!
    And on a manual typewriter!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Cathy Cade April 15, 2023 / 5:43 am

    I tried to teach myself touch typing once – many years ago – but I didn’t practice enough. (Boring! Story of my life, really…) So I still don’t have the confidence to read the screen while I’m typing. Instead, I often look up after a couple of sentences to read what I typed and find I’ve typed a load of gibberish.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 15, 2023 / 10:24 am

      That’s why I took the course in school. I knew I didn’t have the discipline to learn it on my own.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. writerravenclaw April 15, 2023 / 9:30 am

    I was fourteen when I learnt to touch type, and it has helped me in my job at Royal Mail, and future jobs. It is important as a writer, because I can type at the rate of my inspiration.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Jessie Warner April 15, 2023 / 9:37 am

    I had a manual typewriter long before I learned touch typing in high school. Combined, you have an unstoppable duo! I don’t have the speed and I still miss that special ding.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. leigha66 April 25, 2023 / 2:51 pm

    I did so-so in typing class. The longer I blog though, the more speedy I get, but there are still typos.

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.