Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Handwriting Debate


Handwriting

Not sure how many of you would have seen this clip on Campbell Live last night however it reminded me of the many questions we get about Handwriting.





At present at OLA we teach handwriting until our students have completed Year 4, but this doesn't mean that our Year 5-8 students never use pen or pencil. The children are able to choose the tool (computer or pen) that best fits the task. 

In this article Clive Thompson, (born 1968) is a Canadian freelance journalistblogger and science and technology writer argues that technology may be doing more to increase literacy and encourage reading since the rise of the novel." To read more about this click on this link. 

Another article written by Kathleen Constanza discusses how "digital writing is making kids smarter." Click here to read this article.

You can listen to Clive Thompson talk about this debate in this you tube clip. It is 10 minutes well worth spending!


                  


Will you still teach Handwriting at OLA?
Will my child still learn to write with a pen? Is this still important?
Will our children not learn how to write?
Will we continue to teach cursive writing?
Is teaching handwriting important?
What about fine motor skills?

We don't have the answers to all of these questions YET - but we continue to read the research and discuss what this will look like at OLA. At present at OLA we teach handwriting until our students have completed Year 4, but this doesn't mean that our Year 5-8 students never use pen or pencil. The children are able to choose the tool (computer or pen) that best fits the task. 

Feedback from our senior students last term overwhelmingly supported typing lessons.

We are looking into the best touch typing tutor programme to introduce at Year 4 level. 

Let us know your thoughts on this topic.


Jo Earl

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