Do your kiddies get excited and distracted by all of the formatting options available when they’re word processing? Fonts, sizes, colors, bold, italics, underlined…it’s just so darned fun!
It’s a great technology lesson to teach various formatting options and discuss when and where it’s appropriate to use them. Students could take turns teaching the class how to use different ones.
It’s also helpful to point out how much time can be wasted by playing around trying to decide which font is best instead of going straight to the assignment content. After calling out several students - several times - I decided I needed a quick and easy way to remind them without fussing. The “Type first. Format Last.” rule is now part of our classroom.
My expectation is now posted prominently on the wall and we review it each time we create a document or presentation! You can get it free here Type First Format Last Freebie