Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur?
With Dr. Nancy Cushen White
Handwriting is not widely taught in classrooms these days. Many children don’t receive direct instruction in proper letter formation and pencil grip; however, writing by hand is connected to the motor systems of the brain and is especially beneficial for our dyslexic children. Our dyslexia expert of the day, Dr. Nancy Cushen White, makes a case for why handwriting is important and draws on the research of Virginia Berninger and Beverly Wolf to support the benefits of writing by hand as well as keyboarding. Today you will learn…
- What dysgraphia is.
- What the pros and cons are for writing by hand versus keyboarding and what brain research shows.
- Why written expression requires a lot of cognitive energy.
- How to hold a pencil to reduce fatigue.
- What the advantages are of both manuscript print and cursive and what is the most critical factor for either form of writing.
- What it means to be multilingual by hand.
Get Dr. Nancy Cushen White's Free Resource:
1-cursive and manuscript letter formations.ncw-as.pdf, 2-illustration of tripod pencil grip-PRL+message.ncw.pdf, 3-Practice Makes Permanent-Steeves-ncw.pdf, 4-IDA Fact Sheet-Understanding Dysgraphia.Berninger & Wolf.pdf
About Dr. Nancy Cushen White
Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D. is a Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, at UCSF (Univ of CA-San Francisco). Over the past 40+ years, she has taught students in general/special ed classrooms at public/private schools, provided psycho-educational assessment and literacy intervention, trained pre-/in-service teachers and practitioners, developed curricula, and been involved in policy. She piloted a San Francisco Unified School District special day class for 2e—Twice Exceptional students who were gifted with a diagnosis of dyslexia and has taught young adults in a pre-trial diversion program through San Francisco Superior Court—Mentor Court Division. She is a certified Instructor of Teaching for training teachers in the Slingerland Multimodal Structured Language Approach (Structured Literacy). A past member of the board of directors of The International Dyslexia Association, Nancy serves as editor-in-chief of IDA’s online newsletter, The Examiner, and represents IDA on the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD).