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Cynthia Trickel
tracing letters
Wed Jun 17, 2015 22:46

I remember when handwriting was a daily part of my curriculum as a beginning teacher many years ago. I also remember how some teachers could be so focused on it. I moved from Georgia to Virginia when my daughter finished kindergarten. She had learned one style of writing (d'nealian) which was considered to be a natural flow into cursive with it's curved writing style. When we moved her first grade teacher taught a different style and my daughter would come home with red marks all over her handwriting paper due to being taught differently. Fortunately it did not hinder her creativity, but I remember wondering then why it mattered. She was writing legibly and there were more important issues with writing other than to draw a straight line or a curved one....

  • How NOT To - Kelsie Fender, Tue Jun 16 22:32
    While viewing the “How Not to” lecture, I was amazed by the fact that I had completed many of the activities that were mentioned when I was in school! I vividly remember tracing letters, completing... more
    • Re: How NOT To - Sara Pappas, Sat Jun 20 08:43
      I agree! I even used these techniques with students I've worked with who have Autism. So now I'm just stunned! I understand why it wouldn't work though! However, its comforting knowing it's all about ... more
    • Stuck In Their Ways - Jean Milton, Thu Jun 18 21:51
      I remember one of my professors last semester saying that a lot of times new teachers end up teaching how they were taught instead of how they learned. He/She said that what happens is we end up... more
      • Re: Stuck In Their Ways - Kelsie Fender, Thu Jun 18 21:54
        I can imagine that new teachers would end up teaching the way they were taught! We are creatures of habit and revert back to what we know best. I also agree that it could seem as though new teachers... more
    • true but... - Megan Rembert, Thu Jun 18 06:31
      we definitely have to reinvent the wheel of teaching right now with our methods but are the things talked about in the lecture like copying and prompting really frowned upon as additional activities? ... more
      • RE: true but - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:42
        Megan I think you are correct in that things like hangman and word searches are great backup activities. They are great ways to practice a skill that has already been learned. I think that the main... more
      • Re: True but.. - Kelsie Fender, Thu Jun 18 09:32
        I think that there is a time and place for something like a word search or fill-in-the-blank activity. I reviewed the lecture before typing this response, and it states that there are some common... more
        • Re: True but.. - catheyt, Thu Jun 18 14:08
          I agree with you Kelsie. As a teacher you are going to have your kids doing activities that are essentially time fillers (busy work). You just have to be aware of these as you do them. You should not ... more
          • As a child... - Rachel Caldwell, Fri Jun 19 14:49
            When I was in elementary school, I loved doing word searches and I did not mind writing words over and over because they were simple and fun to do in between activities in class. So like you said, I... more
    • tracing letters - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 17 22:46
      • Re: Tracing Letters - Kelsie Fender, Thu Jun 18 09:19
        Cynnthia, I believe that if a child's handwriting is legible and he or she is completing the work they need to be, it shouldn't matter what their handwriting actually looks like. It is so strange to... more
    • Re: How NOT to - bennettmc, Wed Jun 17 18:36
      Kelsie, I also discussed in my post how I was taught these concepts when I was in elementary school. You made a great analogy with the doctor example. The federal legislation, "No Child Left Behind"... more
      • Re: Bennettmc - Kelsie Fender, Thu Jun 18 09:47
        I certainly agree! It is hard to expect our students to keep up if we are not the ones who are staying on top of new, research-based techniques. I think it is very easy for a teacher to begin using... more
    • Re: How NOT To - Molly Smith, Wed Jun 17 08:12
      I was also amazed that teachers are still using these techniques! Something that really stood out to me was the fact that we would be able to trace any number of languages but would still have no... more
      • Re: Molly - Kelsie Fender, Thu Jun 18 09:39
        Molly, One of my favorite points from the lectures this week was that we can trace any languages but not know how to actually read or write them. I think it makes the point so clear that just because ... more
    • Re: How NOT To - hillaryyarbrough, Wed Jun 17 07:48
      I completely agree! I felt the same way while listening to this lecture. I couldn't believe that the techniques we are being taught to use, or being shown in the classroom, are the techniques we... more
      • Re: Hillary - Kelsie Fender, Wed Jun 17 11:32
        Hillary, You make a great point! I have had some experience in a classroom through practicum, however it really hasn't been a lot. Do you have any ideas (they don't have to be perfectly polished)... more
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