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How true, "Handwriting is brain writing."

How sad, "They will figure it out in about 20 years after research shows what types of deficits people have developed without using handwriting."

And then, I often wonder about graphology. It seems to rely principally on the current handwriting methods taught in most schools, and perhaps on lack of instruction as to how to write.

I have successfully taught handwriting with the italic mode for many years. Included in that instruction is:

1) Slant, which depends on posture and paper placement

2) Pressure which relates to a good, relaxed pen hold

3) Crossbars on 't'; For legibility italic instruction usually controls the crossbar by connecting to many letters, rather than joining from the baseline to a following letter and then going back to cross 't.'

Margins are another issue. Both left and right margins should be adequate and not excessive.

Needed: Help for teachers who are seldom prepared to teach handwriting.

Nan Jay Barchowsky
January 10, 2014


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    Handwriting
    January 26, 2014 | 10:19 AM

    I found this interesting and quite relevant. I currently teach English at the community college level. Last week, I returned short essays to a group of freshman and they could not read the comments that I wrote on the essays, telling me "I can't read cursive". I was a little taken back, sine I had made an effort to write as neatly as possible; however, the students had never been exposed to longhand in their previous educational environments. The things we do not teach, and oh the things we should...

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