While researchers are uncovering ways that handwriting may be necessary for brain development, Topeka educators will be learning 'insider' tricks to teach the skill faster and more efficiently. Local teachers will be singing and dancing, using puppets and banging large wooden pieces to get their students interested in learning to handwrite well.
Today's techniques for teaching handwriting are far more advanced - and more fun - than they ever were before. Legible handwriting may translate into organized thoughts and even better grades, as handwriting is the primary way elementary students communicate with their teachers. Additionally, legible handwriting is critical for the SAT and many state exams. (How can teachers give a proper grade if they can read it?)
Almost 50 teachers will be attending this Friday and Saturday. Handwriting Without Tears is a curriculum started by an occupational therapist whose son's teacher had never been trained to teach handwriting to her students:
The event is scheduled for: Hyatt Place Topeka, 6021 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka, 66615. The hours for the sessions are: Friday, April 8th, 2:00 till 6:00pm, and again Saturday, April 9th, 8:00 till 5:00.