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Does handwriting matter?

 

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

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Student_ledThink about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print to make sure the terms of service don’t restrict access to children of a specific age. Then of course there’s learning how to use the site yourself, tailoring your lesson plan and constructing a rubric around the information you find, teaching your students how to use the website in question and finally getting around to actually explaining and assigning the lesson. In these days of mandated testing, pacing charts and state standards who possibly has time for that?

The solution most teachers have come to accept is eliminating or at least significantly limiting these kind of online activities; which acts as a disservice to our students who have become accustomed to process, think and learn through technological means. So what is a teacher to do? The answer is just, simplify.

Let Students Lead The Way

In lesson design, so many of us follow some sort of path similar to the one outlined above with it’s myriad of pitfalls and multiple steps. Consider flipping this process on it’s head, eliminating many of those steps and reverting to an “old way” of doing things. Just design your lesson, create a rubric, and turn the rest over to the students.

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