Hand Writing Solutions. Melody L. Polson 000314714 TDT1 Task 3.2 Conceptual Framework.
Melody L. Polson
TDT1 Task 3.2
Students no longer have penmanship as a common part of curriculum development. Teachers focus on the ability to form print letters, but little time on developing smooth handwriting, or are allowed to ask students to practice handwriting exercises. Time in the classroom is precious.
Each of these three students is exhibiting the bad grip, poor posture, and bad habit of poor handwriting technique that results in illegibility and muscle fatigue. Investment in handwriting development and a targeted choice of writing implement will help them overcome these less-than-optimal beginnings.Bodies bent, too tight, and too close…
Common, inexpensive mechanical pencils use .5mm. Polymer leads. If a student has a ‘hard grip’ or a ‘heavy hand’- pushing ON the writing implement, rather than guiding it to glide across the paper, the polymer lead breaks easily..5mm polymer is too fine
Use of a heavier graphite lead permits students to develop a ‘lighter hand.’ By giving the student a choice of hardness in the graphite stick, the student can make dark, easily readable marks on the page, sharpen the lead to a desired point, and still hold up to a developing grip.2.0 mm can be sharpened, and is sturdy.
The mechanics of the mechanical pencil are the same, whether the lead inside is .5mm. or the more sturdy 2.0mm.Lighter weight works for skilled writers…
Luckily, Youtube and other sources now host teaching video to guide a student through the exercises that used to be taught as a part of every-day curriculum. Now, if a student wants to improve either their handwriting, or even keyboarding accuracy and speed, it must be done outside the classroom. MONKEYSEE.COM hosts a number of educational tutorials. This series of handwriting guides and exercises re-create the penmanship course.Resources exist
Represent the problem
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