Oct 14

Handwriting in the 21st Century

Because I was speaking at their spring conference last March, I was invited to contribute an article to the annual resource guide for the Houston Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. I chose to write about handwriting for this guide despite the fact that I spoke on syntax and morphology at the conference.  In recent years, in part because of the influx of technology into our instructional practices and into our schools, good handwriting instruction has fallen by the wayside.  Research shows this kind of decision negatively impacts students’ writing but also their spelling and reading.  Here’s my article, which discusses current research, best practices, and useful teaching tips concerning handwriting: “Handwriting in a Modern World: Why It Matters & What To Do About It.”  Research says that teachers need appropriate, intensive professional development in handwriting in order to make their instruction match student needs.  At W.V.C.ED, we can help.

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  1. Cindy Ulmer-Timlen
    February 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm · Reply


    I attended a couple of William Van Cleave’s presentations at the Dyslexia conference in Albuquerque, NM and learned so much about paragraph skills and vocabulary instruction. Would it be possible to get a copy of the article on “Handwriting in a Modern World: Why It Matters & What To Do About It”?

    Thank you,
    Cindy Ulmer-Timlen

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