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RE: tracing and copying is ineffective
Thu Jun 18, 2015 22:53

I was completely taken aback with this information too because copying and tracing are such common practices in our school systems, especially in the lower grades. I want to teach k-2nd grade once I graduate; therefore, this week's lectures have really helped me understand what practices to avoid and why. However, I want to learn more on what activities and practices would be more meaningful and beneficial for students to partake in. I hate that practices such as tracing and copying are so common. I remember my daughter bringing such work home with her often back in kindergarten and first grade. In second grade, she also did a lot of copying and tracing when learning to write in cursive. I think these practices should be kept to a minimum instead of the go to task when learning to write.

  • Tracing and Copying is ineffective! - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 18 19:46
    No tracing or copying? This lecture was very mind boggling to me! Immediately I thought to my last field experience, where I was a mentor for children in after school. My mentee was special difficult ... more
    • Re: Tracing and Copying is ineffective! - hinesjd, Sat Jun 20 12:25
      Agreed (I could rant all day but I'll keep it short)! Some teachers often think that students will have a break through if they just keep working. What teachers see as laziness is actually a cry for... more
    • Re: Tracing and Copying is ineffective! - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 20 10:25
      That is sad that he had to go through that. It sounds like that situation could have been handled with him differently than it was (that is with the teacher and student). I don't think that tracing... more
    • RE: tracing and copying is ineffective - tatem1, Thu Jun 18 22:53
    • re: tracing and copying is ineffective - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:21
      I posted on this very thing myself! I can't tell you the number of times I have had my students copy or trace in an effort to teach them to write. I had never really thought about the stupidity... more
      • Change can happen! - Cassidy Milosh, Thu Jun 18 23:09
        That's awesome, Stacy (: I think these practices are just reminiscent of a different time in teaching. Having students copy lines and trace letters feels right; even in pretend school when I was... more
    • Seen It Quite A Bit - Jean Milton, Thu Jun 18 21:23
      I have seen this quite a bit, sadly. In my first internship I was in an after school setting and I saw this a lot. Even though I saw this more with Kindergarten through 2nd grade students, it was... more
    • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Thu Jun 18 21:16
      I will definitely remember this as well! I have always thought that tracing is beneficial because of muscle memory. Students trace the formation of a letter when they are learning how to write.... more
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