This is the fastest way to improve handwriting. Frankly you may not believe it is quite so simple, the only way is to test it out for yourselves and your students. The tick is to create a good mental image of what you are writing. Here is a step by step process to get you started, and go to http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk to find out what other magic you can learn.
Ask the student to try copying down from the board just a couple of sentences and watch what happens or get them to work in pairs and watch each other. Are they like a nodding donkey copying down one letter at a time? How many letters can they get at once, what speed do they manage, do they lose their place etc. If you haven’t got a board just hold up a book with words written on it.
Now ask them to keep their eyes looking at the board and write without looking at the paper, copying exactly what they see. Notice the difference. It will:
- Improve physiology
- Speed up writing
- Improve literacy challenges.
This is an invaluable skill for copying down from a board in school and its fun. It may need a little practice to keep the lines straight, but this will come in minutes. To help a student get really good handwriting; follow this simple technique:
- Ask the student to select some handwriting they like
- Looking up in the same way (don’t look down at the paper), copy this writing exactly, without converting it into your normal handwriting, the results will be astonishing
- When the student looks down they probably don’t believe they have created this writing; just leave them to carry on playing with the idea
- This will also improve Dysgraphia
Beware poor handwriting can mask poor spelling. Many adults have confessed that they deliberately had poor handwriting so they could not be told off for their spelling. So improving spelling needs to go hand in hand with this.
Try this out for yourself and go to Empowering Learning (www.empoweringlearning.co.uk) to learn more simple techniques.