Every year I have at least 1 or 2 students with really poor handwriting. You know, the students that like to write ONEREALLYLONGWORDWITHOUTANYSPACESINBETWEENANDINALLCAPS!
How about the students whose letters always seem to float off the paper like balloons. My personal favorite, are those that can’t even read their own writing, but expect you to understand it!
Well after years of struggling to read some of my students’ writings, I’ve come up with a few tips and strategies that have been helful.
Let me begin by saying that I understand that we live in a digital world where most of what we write takes place on some form of a digital device… we type rather than write nowadays. However, it’s important for every child to be able to communicate effectively the old fashioned way… with a pen or pencil. So here’s how to help those poor babies whose writing might look somewhat like this…
At first, your student will tend to gravitate back to their #2 pencil, since that’s what they’ve been used to writing with, a flat tipped pencil. But encourage them to keep using the mechanical pencil. At least until you start to see some improvement in their handwriting.
With some students, part of the problem lies with the way they like to hold their pencil. Some of them don’t like the feel of the gritty pencil tip against their skin so they hold their pencil in all sorts of weird and uncomfortable looking ways.
With these students, pencil grips might just be the solution. Again, there are a few different varieties out on the market so test some and see which one your student feels most comfortable with.
Do you have any tricks of your own for helping students that struggle with messy handwriting?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments below…