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Handwriting Without TearsThe Hands-On Curriculum for Student SuccessPresented by:Corinne Tuck, BSc.OT, OT(c) Angela Rath, BSc.Kin, BSc.OT, OT(c)

Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services (ERECS)

Objectives What we will doProvide an overview of the HWT curriculum Accommodations and practical strategies Reflect on your current handwriting practices How the HWT curriculum could be applied in your classroom

Objectives What we wont doDetailed training of the HWT Curriculum (www.hwtears.com) (If you want detailed training, talk to your OT or check the website for workshops near you!!)

Handwriting Curriculum SurveyWhat printing curriculum do you use? How is printing currently being taught in your school? How do you currently teach printing to your students?

Zaner-Bloserwww.zaner-bloser.com Long standing (100 years) Step by step approach Continuous stroke, vertical manuscript 4 lined paper with red baseline, dotted midline and blue headline and a blue line below the baseline Students use this interlined paper up to Grade 4 and then transition to double line paper in Grade 5 and on.

DNealian Manuscriptwww.dnealian.com Slanted print Most letters formed with one continuous stroke Most lower case letters are precursors for cursive Varied starting places

Handwriting Without Tearswww.hwtears.com Manuscript vertical style Double lined paper used from beginning to end Multi-sensory

Letter StylePrint Style

Cursive Style

LettersTake out a piece of lined paper and a pen/pencil

Developmental Teaching Order - Printing

Developmental Teaching Order Cursive

Three Stages of LearningImitation: The teacher demonstrates the letter formation. The child imitates the teachers. Copying: Children are asked to copy a model of a practice word by looking at the word. Independent Writing: Children are asked to write a word without demonstration and without a model. They have to write from memory.

HWT is Multi-sensory

Hold onyou have to teach

PosturePosture Stomp Correct Posture

Paper Position

Looking out for Lefties

Pencil SkillsTripod Quadropod

Page LayoutThe more you do, the worse you get phenomenon!

Copy one model at a time

Double Line Paper

Take a look at space

Double Line Paper


Line Generalization

Review & Check Strategies

ScreeningScreener of Handwriting ProficiencyUniversal/whole class screening tool Determines where students are succeeding and where they are struggling Allows for focused handwriting instruction http://www.hwtears.com/screener/abou t-the-screener.

AssessmentPrint ToolComplete printing evaluation for students that are identified as needing further testing Not standardized assessment Assesses capitals, numbers, and lowercase letter skills. Determines where students are succeeding and where they are struggling Allows for focused handwriting instruction Skills evaluated: memory, orientation, placement, size, start, sequence, control, and spacing

Handwriting DifficultiesResults of an assessment (Print Tool or other assessment) allow handwriting instruction to target areas of difficulty

Special PopulationsHWT can be used with various special populationsAutism/Aspergers Syndrome Down Syndrome Poor Vision Cerebral Palsy Dysgraphia

Handwriting AccommodationsRecommendations put in place to help a child with writing tasks and achieve academic success:Adaptations to handwriting Adapted worksheets/paper, specific handwriting curriculum, classroom seating, writing surface, pencil type/modification, etc.

Alternatives to printing Scribe, digital voice recorder, word/phrase banks on cards, keyboarding, software considerations (writing grids, graphic organizers, word prediction, etc.), etc.

Functional PrintingWhat is functional printing? What are the goals for printing for students with disabilities? For regular students? For at risk students?

Integrating: Handwriting & ReadingLanguage arts program of studies includes handwriting in several general outcomes across all grade levels Language arts & handwriting teaching strategies:Separate handwriting and reading teaching orders Integrate handwriting and reading teaching orders Follow the reading teaching order

Ways to use HWT in your classroomWhole class Small group Individual instruction Whole school Cursive

Success with HWTStudents SucceedChildren of all learning styles and ability levels learn to write neatly and efficiently. Handwriting becomes a natural skill. Students can focus on content of their work rather than the physical act of writing. Handwriting success fosters student pride and interest in learning. Children who write well enjoy school more and perform better in all subjects.

Teachers are ExcitedLittle time is needed for class preparation. Easy for both new and experienced teachers. Short lessons that get results. No more wasted time reviewing illegible papers. Teachers are pleased with improved student performance and interest.

Parents are ProudHandwriting is the most visible expression of a childs performance in school. Parents are excited with student success. Papers start going up on the refrigerator. Excitement breeds parents involvement, interest, and support.

Administrators see ResultsAll students succeed using HWT. Continuity and consistency exist across all grade levels. HWT supports and integrates with other Language Arts curriculums. HWT reduces need for remediation. Student workbooks are affordably priced.

Useful Handwriting ResourcesHandwriting Standards produces legible handwriting is this enough? http://www.hwtears.com/standards. OT On-Hand http://www.capitalhealth.ca/Especially For/OTOnHand/default.htm.

Questions??Feel free to contact us.Angela Rath, ERECS angela.rath@epsb.ca Corinne Tuck, ERECS corinne.tuck@epsb.ca