Keyboard Shortcuts Every Teacher Should Know & Use

You’ve seen them in the staff room: Those teachers who navigate their way around at computer like they were born in front of it. Well, they probably were. But anyone can look slick and impressive whilst saving a lot of time and effort by using keyword shortcuts.

One of the most useful ‘gifts’ in my teacher training was a list of keyboard shortcuts. This crudely edited, crookedly photocopied list remained pinned on my notice board for years until it became instinct to use keyboard shortcuts rather than reaching for the mouse.

You may be familiar with the simple keyboard commands for copy, paste, print and undo… but some of you will not. You may not know that these commands are virtually universal between MacOS and Windows… but some of you will not. Knowing them, you can sit in front of virtually any machine and appear ‘at home’ at the keyboard.

By using these core 6 shortcuts I have saved time and looked incredibly high-tech and computer-savvy to any on-looker (or so I would like to think). My lessons also feels slicker when I can start a slideshow with just one key (or 3 for Mac) rather than faffing with the mouse.

Once these core 6 are mastered, you can build upon your shortcut repertoire. Many of the shortcuts ‘make sense’ (I know – shock right?). Control + N for New document?! How about Control + O for Open document?! Control + B to make the text bold? Crazy. How computer programmers expect us to remember these is beyond me.* The great thing is, if you forget what the shortcut is, it is listed in the menu! I now use nearly 15 shortcuts virtually every day but my core 6 remain the same.

  • Dripping in sarcasm here folks.

Keyboard shortcuts:

Learn them. Use them. Become a Ninja.

Love, cuddles & death staresTSTN



Blogging for Continuing Professional Development

Stuff the official CPD – I’m doing it my way.
Come along, join me, as I sail and/or slog my way through my day to day job as a Specialist Science Teacher for 7 to 11 year olds.

“Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession…”

Blah, blah, blah.

In my experience, it is hard for the Senior Leadership Team (Administrators to you in the US) to drive through an idea like ‘Mindfulness’ or ‘Closing the Gap’ without the support of the classroom teachers. Therefore, Senior Leaders will set common CPD goals to fit their vision of the school. They then leave one target as a ‘personal target’ set by the individual. This year, my personal target has also been suggested by members of the management team. Actually, I have received no less than 4 ‘suggested’ personal targets. These range from setting up a self-running Science Club to hosting a Professional Development Conference for other Science Subject Co-ordinators. It’s sad that my CPD has actually become my annual ‘to do’ list. CPD should be a reflection of your daily teaching practice or a new skill and be something a teacher wants to do. So here’s my secret. This blog is my CPD.
 I’ve been at this teaching game for over a decade now. I think that means there is no escape now. As a ‘lifer’ I know you never stop learning in this job. Yet those (sometimes tough) lessons don’t always stick in your head unless you actively reflect upon them. So that is what this blog is.

Come along, join me, as I sail and/or slog my way through my day to day job as a Specialist Science Teacher for 7 to 11 year olds.

Love, cuddles & death stares,