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The art of teaching transcription skills in the early years of school: Spelling and Handwriting

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Handwriting and spelling are necessary skills for young writers to learn, even in a digital age. Success

    with spelling in the first year of formal schooling is a key predictor of success with writing throughout

    school while handwriting has been shown to activate motor, visual and linguistic areas of the brain and

    is linked to success with learning letters, reading, spelling, maths and school generally. Learning to spell

    involves learning to coordinate phonology, orthography and morphology and requires explicit teaching.

    Handwriting also requires explicit teaching and considerable practice. Being a good speller and having

    an efficient handwriting style free a young writer’s working memory to concentrate on text creation.

    The workshop will be interactive, hands-on and informed by current research. In the first half of the

    workshop, participants will focus on how to use children’s literature to explicitly teach linguistic skills in

    spelling. In the second half, participants will explore children’s pencil grasp and posture and the patterns

    that support handwriting. Participants will trial processes for teaching basic letter movements, letter

    formation, and discuss methods for monitoring progress in handwriting.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Daffern, T. & Mackenzie, N. (2018). The art of teaching transcription skills in the early years of school: Spelling and Handwriting. AATE/ALEA National Conference (pp. 1-1).

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Abstract


  • Handwriting and spelling are necessary skills for young writers to learn, even in a digital age. Success

    with spelling in the first year of formal schooling is a key predictor of success with writing throughout

    school while handwriting has been shown to activate motor, visual and linguistic areas of the brain and

    is linked to success with learning letters, reading, spelling, maths and school generally. Learning to spell

    involves learning to coordinate phonology, orthography and morphology and requires explicit teaching.

    Handwriting also requires explicit teaching and considerable practice. Being a good speller and having

    an efficient handwriting style free a young writer’s working memory to concentrate on text creation.

    The workshop will be interactive, hands-on and informed by current research. In the first half of the

    workshop, participants will focus on how to use children’s literature to explicitly teach linguistic skills in

    spelling. In the second half, participants will explore children’s pencil grasp and posture and the patterns

    that support handwriting. Participants will trial processes for teaching basic letter movements, letter

    formation, and discuss methods for monitoring progress in handwriting.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Daffern, T. & Mackenzie, N. (2018). The art of teaching transcription skills in the early years of school: Spelling and Handwriting. AATE/ALEA National Conference (pp. 1-1).

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