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Rachel Caldwell
Pencil Use in Everyday Life
Fri Jun 19, 2015 14:55

I agree with your point about the needed motor skills it takes for writing that we often take for granted. If a child wants to write (especially longer stories and paragraphs) on a computer, I would let them if there was access to a computer, especially if it motivates the student to write more. However, I would not totally get rid of writing with pencil and paper. As I was reading this, I was thinking about the times in my life where I have to write: checks, applications, sign-ins, college notes and tests, along with the things already mentioned and forgotten. Even if we are leaning towards a more technology centered time, I do not want to deprive students of time to work on handwriting and then be behind as they go passed high school.

  • pencil use - catheyt, Fri Jun 19 08:34
    Using pen or pencil takes motor skill. It seems like for many of these students they don't have the motor control to use pencils. But I don't think that they should be ignored completely. Think of... more
    • Re: pencil use - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 20:33
      It's funny that you mentioned motor skills because that was something I lacked when I was a kid growing up. I feel like if I would have had a computer and was able to type up my homework I would have ... more
    • Pencil Use in Everyday Life - Rachel Caldwell, Fri Jun 19 14:55
      • Re: Pencil Use in Everyday Life - Sarah Baier, Fri Jun 19 20:37
        I'm glad that you would let them use a computer, I was thinking the same thing. But I also agree that it is important to learn penmanship skills. I believe it is important to teach students how to... more
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