A Campaign to Highlight How Writing Benefits a Child's Learning and Development
There has been a lot of discussion lately about the importance of teaching handwriting in school. My colleagues and I have become very frustrated with the quality of students' handwriting.
And with good reason.
With all the emphasis on testing, common core, RTI, etc.,
there is not time to teach handwriting.
But at what cost?
BIC Consumer Products USA is spearheading the
campaign to highlight the importance of writing in our lives.
From a recent article from Edutopia,
"There has been much debate on the use of laptops for note taking in classrooms. The pro side sees laptops as an efficient way of collecting and storing information. The con side sees laptops as an opportunity for distractions and multitasking. What's missing is an understanding of how taking notes by longhand influences the brain. Recent studies have shown that students taking notes with laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than the students taking notes by longhand. In short, they had the information on their computers, but did not have an understanding of that information in their brains."
So how do we best incorporate handwriting instruction in our extremely busy digital classrooms?
According to Ainissa Ramirez,
"So let us not confuse efficiency with the real goal of teaching. Teaching is not a job of cramming as much as we can into a brain. It is about learning. And getting students to learn means that we must use every pathway to connect them with the information. Using laptops reinforces the Industrial Revolution ideal that every kid should get the information in the same way, and that it should come out the same way. But by occasionally replacing the laptop with a pen, learning happens, which is why we got into this business in the first place."
So what about cursive writing?
From The Importance of Teaching Handwriting in the 21st Century, a Hanover Research Study
There are some practical and scientifically-based arguments for keeping cursive in the curriculum.
It helps to develop motor skills. It also "helps children develop skills in reading, spelling, composition, memory and critical thinking.
I highly recommend taking a look at the BIC campaign site, and both of the article mentioned. They were really interesting reading. I would love to know your thoughts.
In conjunction with their Fight For Your Write campaign,
BIC sent me some fun writing tools to try out.
Ever since grade school, one of my favorite pens to write with are the BIC Cristal Stick Pens.
Remember these fun 4 Color Pens?
My students still love writing with these pens!
And I ALWAYS have plenty of correction tape on hand!
I also got these great Atlantis retractable pens, medium and fine point.
They write so smooth!
with these fun Xtra Shine Mechanical Pencils and Magic Dry Erase Markers.
I think my favorites though are these new
pencils, pens, and stylus
designed just for little hands!
They have a special grip with a yellow guiding line for proper finger placement when holding them.
My Littles could REALLY use that!
Would you like to receive a goody box from BIC too?
Well you are in luck!
Just comment below with your take on the handwriting controversy,
and I will choose a lucky winner on Sunday evening
to win a gift box from BIC.
Since I have not heard back from Stacy G. this week,
I am choosing another lucky winner to receive the BIC Goody Box.
Alexxe please email or message me with your address and I will have the box of goodies sent to you!