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Ask the Handwriting Experts

 
In January, researchers and education thought leaders convened for Handwriting in the 21st Century? An Educational Summit to discuss the role of handwriting instruction in the 21st century classroom. Zaner-Bloser, in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, sponsored the event.

The event included an opportunity for our Write On! subscribers to pose questions to our elite panel of academic researchers. The following question was selected as the winning Ask the Handwriting Experts question and was presented to the panel:

What can a middle school teacher do to assist students who increasingly have not had good handwriting instruction in prior grades?

Give practice with specific feedback (one-on-one, if possible). Use letter strips as a model, visual guides on the paper and pencil grips if helpful. Give children extra time when feasible. Use keyboarding when possible. Emphasize good handwriting, but try not to punish children for poor handwriting. It's also helpful to consult with an Occupational Therapist.

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