May 09, 2011
On April 28 and 29th, 2011 about 100 local Kearney area educators attended a workshop at ESU 10 learning to teach handwriting by singing and dancing, banging and waving wooden sticks and moving around the room. Quite different than the grueling repetition of yesteryear! This is part of a Handwriting Without Tears workshop, an effective handwriting curriculum that is being taught locally and around the world.
Studies show, and many educators agree, that students who handwrite well do better overall in school. Even in this digital age, this fundamental skill is the primary way students communicate with teachers. Additionally, many standardized tests including the SAT have handwritten essay sections.
Cathy Van Haute, OTR/L, the expert that led the program, says "This is an exciting and powerful way to introduce teachers to the strategies and resources essential to advancing students' language arts skills and academic success."