Our Handwriting Class: Exploring What The Students Currently Know Through “Play” Writing

As part of my academic curriculum, handwriting is taught. Handwriting is essential for many reasons and one main reason is to learn to write your full name. We have been practicing handwriting by writing our names, letters in the alphabet and numbers. The students enjoy writing on the individual sized chalkboards and using the eraser. They also like practicing on the drawing board. They are motivated to learn because they like the change from writing with a pencil. During handwriting class, they can write with a chalk, crayon, etc.

After completing a couple of weeks of this “play” handwriting, I now have a good idea of which levels the students are on. Some students are still tracing and may need the dots to follow, other students need practice writing their first name in lower case (first letter capital and the rest are lower case) instead of all upper case and a few students are learning to use the correct “grasp” when holding a pencil, crayon or chalk.

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2 thoughts on “Our Handwriting Class: Exploring What The Students Currently Know Through “Play” Writing

  1. Great to hear the kiddos are doing well! Handwriting is crucial!
    I love the updates!
    Wondering what biggest challenge you’ve had to face in all your years of teaching?

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    • Hi Diana,
      That is an interesting question! I have faced many challenges during these 14 years of teaching. I can write a list and give you great reasons as to why they are challenging. To keep it short, I can share with you that my challenges hardly have anything to do with the students I teach. Some of the challenges has to do with the support staff I have worked with and the politics in education that I have witnessed in many different districts, cities and states. As people, we all have different personalities, work ethics and various passions in life. Sometimes, these differences clash and effect the school environment and the outcomes of what is supposed to be positive. After my second year of teaching, I have accepted the sad fact but also see this in many different work places, not just in schools. As the teacher in the classroom, I am optimistic, cheerful and see myself as a role model to all my students and the staff I work with hoping that we share the importance of education and reason why we are all there! Thanks for your interest in my blog.


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