Sunday, October 26, 2014

Kids at the keys in Kirkland

Brad Coulter is a first-grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary in Kirkland, Washington, in the Seattle area. I got to meet Brad when he was in Cincinnati a little while ago, and we traded thoughts on the magic that happens when kids meet typewriters. Now Brad has shared this view of his students at their writing machines, and some samples of their writing.

Sometimes the kids write poems:

Now the kids are excited that Halloween is coming up ...

... and they're writing about scary stuff:

Kids love typewriters and benefit from them. WordPlay proves it, Magic Margin proves it, and so does the latest Philly type-in. When the educrats call for "more technology in the classroom," let's all jump up and cry, "Yes! More Royals! More Olympias! More Remingtons!"


  1. Good to see the children typing away and another teacher using typewriters in the classroom.

  2. "It will never stop eating people" still has me chuckling.

  3. I got an email from Brad too. Great guy doing good work.

  4. This is such a cool initiative! And nice to see a Studio 45.

  5. Thanks for the plug, Richard. The kids are absolutely loving the typewriters. I think we've reached critical mass. The kids are begging to write. A student brought in a pink Royal today to type on. Another student told me that her grandmother just got her a typewriter on 'Greg's List'.

    Ton, we have two Studio 45s! I think we have more Olympias than anything else. We have an electric Smith-Corona that one student named Frankenstein.

    One of my favorite lines is also from the Jaws paper: "That is how it goes."