Do you have good handwriting?

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  1. i8myhomework

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    I used to have this theory that all Elementary teachers have amazing penmanship. Then I became one and my handwriting is just terrible. :blush: My best friend has noticed this too and she calls it "Teacher handwriting".

    Once I got to college it seemed like all my professors had TERRIBLE writing, to the point where it was illegible. Yikes.

    So, do you have "good, teacher" handwriting?
     
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  3. yellowdaisies

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    I have good handwriting on charts, the whiteboard, etc. But my "regular" handwriting - notes, etc - isn't that great. It's definitely not illegible, but it's not very pretty.
     
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    I have beautiful teacher handwriting. My colleagues comment on it. I :love: making anchor charts of our learning.
     
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    Reasonably nice when writing on the board and other surfaces for others to read at distances. My normal penmanship is okay based on a few factors. The time since I last wrote anything, whether my hands are cold or warm, and the surface on which I'm writing. Once I warm up and my hand is practiced, it's pretty good. A Principal I had a few years ago always complimented me on it, which always made me blush. She had awesome penmanship.
     
  6. waterfall

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    I don't have "teacher handwriting." If I have lines and am slow and careful, I can make it look good. If I write at a regular pace I have the handwriting of a 2nd grader. I type instead of hand write whenever possible.
     
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    My printing is super neat. My cursive is terrible - my colleagues have told me that they couldn't read the note I've sent them. I'm working on it.
     
  8. gr3teacher

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    My handwriting is absolutely terrible. I do my anchor charts in advance because writing neatly takes forever. Luckily my SMART board can read my chicken scratch. I just write up there and have it recognize my handwriting. The kids can read my writing, but it definitely isn't a good example. If I have to do a chart in front of my kids that doesn't work on the SMARTboard, I almost always have one of my girls with good spelling come up and write for me.
     
  9. Ima Teacher

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    I have excellent penmanship in both print and cursive. I get comments on it all the time. Many people think I'm an elementary teacher, but I'm secondary. I never had any handwriting instruction other than what I learned in elementary school.

    I can print both right and left handed on the board.
     
  10. i8myhomework

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    Teach me your ways!

    If I ever move up grades I am definitely trying this. :lol:
     
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    Nope :eek:
     
  12. gr3teacher

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    Haha... yeah, they love doing it, and I don't think any of them ever realize I do it because my own handwriting stinks. I'm not even sure if my kids recognize me as having bad handwriting since it's still better than all my boys' handwriting. The girls though... I don't know how they do it.
     
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    My handwriting is pretty good. :) I can be very messy, but when I write on the board or on my students' work, I can be neat.
     
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    Standing with good posture facing the board/chart helps. My sixth grade teacher ALWAYS wrote with one arm behind her bent at elbow so her hand was at her waist. I don't do that, but I'm pretty much straight facing what I'm writing if I'm standing up. I sometimes will put headings on charts on a table top and am neat then too...
    I like using different colors and 'fonts', but it's all about the kids learning and documenting our work.
     
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    My handwriting isn't that great; in fact, it was the one area in which I always got a B- on my elementary school report cards. But it makes my students' handwriting look like chicken scratch (which it is).
     
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    I'm high school, but I've come a long way. On my very first observation as a first year teacher, the only negative comment was "work on board writing as it is hard to read". Just last week a student commented how nice my writing was, especially for a guy teacher haha. It's something I had to consciously work on though.
     
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    I am known for my overly neat, precise handwriting. One of my middle school teachers nicknamed me "the human typewriter". My colleagues often comment on it, and my superintendent has even said something after I submitted handwritten notes to him. When I write passes for my students to come in for study hall, they often do a double take and make some sort of comment about my handwriting on the pass.

    Yes, it's kind of my "thing" :)
     
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    I have teacher handwriting when I can write sitting down on a table. When I write on a chart that's on the easel it usually doesn't come out as neat. I sometimes make the chart with the kids and re-write it later so the one I hang up looks better.
     
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    No, but I rarely write on the board for students to read.

    When I do, I remind myself to slow down and try to write larger than average and relatively even.
     
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    It's definitely legible, but it isn't "good". My first grade teacher used to scream at me all the time that I had terrible handwriting. My print handwriting is decent when I give it extra effort. My script is not good at all, and I almost never use it.

    I'm not artistic either. Not in the least. Oh well...Thank goodness for Smartboards. I can type into it rather than write on the board. It's definitely preferable.
     
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    My everyday handwriting (both print and cursive) is very neat.

    My classroom handwriting is perfect D'Nealian.
     
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    I really have to focus on writing neatly on the board-but I'm a lefty, so I blame it on that! ;) Typically the farther down on the board I have to write the less legible it gets.
     
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    I write chicken scratch 90% of the time. When I'm writing on the whiteboard, I have my nice whiteboard writing, which actually looks pretty good, and then my rushed whiteboard writing, which is horrible.

    When I write on paper, I find it really depends on what pen I'm using. If I'm using anything other than my fountain pen, it just looks illegible. If I use my fountain pen, it's still not beautiful, but it looks professional. ;3
     
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    I have beautiful handwriting. Many people comment on it. I attribute it to my elementary school years because handwriting was taught almost every day. In fifth grade I had to write with a fountain pen! Anyone remember those? You had to be so careful changing the cartridges.
     
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    I appear to be the opposite of most people here.

    I have beautiful cursive, but terrible print. I have been writing in cursive for everyday purposes since I was about 12. I have rather fallen out of the habit of writing in print, and believe me, it shows.
     
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    I've gone from terrible to decent in the last couple of years. Not beautiful, but very clear and nice enough that teachers are willing to have me write things that will stay up on the walls. It's not easy to change your handwriting, but I feel it's important for teachers to write legibly, so I've been working on it. I think I can work my way toward "beautiful" in a couple more years too! :)
     
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    Yes, I have very good handwriting. However, I fail miserably and "fun" writing, like block letters, bubble letters, etc. My cursive also looks horrible.
     
  28. TeacherNY

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    I can print fairly neatly on the board but if I try to rush you wont' be able to read it. If I am writing something very slowly on paper in cursive it is pretty legible but if i'm just jotting down notes quickly then I have something like doctor's handwriting LOL
     
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    When I was in Kindergarten we were writing letters in a notebook and my friend always had to do hers over because her handwriting was so bad. It turned out she was really a lefty and her parents insisted that she write with her right hand so that's why her letters were formed so badly. I'm not sure if they had OT back then but I'm sure she would have been referred if the teacher didn't find out she was really a lefty!
     
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    My mother was originally an elementary school teacher, and my sister is a kinder teacher. They both have absolutely perfect penmanship, especially in print.

    I have pretty cursive writing, but it translates to a load of unreadable scratch on the chalkboard. Writing on a smart board? Oh man, even worse. My print is ugly, but legible when I take my time. I try to type most everything we do, but it's a bit of a running joke in my classroom about how terrible my handwriting is. I usually preface anything I'm about to write on the board with an apology. :blush:
     
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    I was always an S- kid on my report card when it came to handwriting. It just does not click with me. Now, if I focus really hard, I can produce some decent writing, but my problem is I am not patient at all. If I am writing on paper, I must have a blotter or another piece of paper underneath, or it is horrendous. I am better at writing on a whiteboard. Also, I can only write with certain pencils and pens (Uniball VisionExact Rollerball, if you're wondering-I have a stockpile in case it's ever discontinued). It's my coping strategy. :lol:
     
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    I'm a lefty as well and I think that has something to do with my handwriting. I do think my handwriting is decent and neat. My cursive is a lot better (IMO) than my print.
     
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    I've been complimented siince a child for my handwriting.
     
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    Oh, I was also referring to my printing being decent. It's nicer when I write large as well, like on charts or whiteboards. My cursive is pretty dismal and hasn't improved much since elementary school due to lack of use. To be fair, my handwriting was considered wonderful back then. :lol: I'll work on that once I'm satisfied with my printing!
     
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    I'm the exact same way! Are we twins? I have weird, half cursive half print curly handwriting and the faster I write, the worse it gets!

    My husband is a Dr and has the most beautiful cursive. It baffles me!:dizzy:

    Same. Growing up I got low scores on handwriting. Now I am teaching little ones. Lord help them all. :woot:
     
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    The bigger I write, the worse it gets. Are your letters consistent? Mine aren't.
     
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    Today I was thinking about how I write and when I was up at the board I noticed that I write from the side, to where I am still facing the kids, if that make sense. I tried facing the board, with my back to them and I did notice a slight change!
     
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    They are fairly consistent and neat, but like I said in an earlier comment, it's something I've consciously been practicing and working on for the last couple of years. It's made a HUGE difference.
     
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    Haha When I am writing quickly some words are in cursive and some are in print. One time I was writing a note to a parent and I wrote the kid's name in cursive in the first sentence then in the last sentence I printed it. I had to start over it looked terrible LOL
     
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    When I take my time I usually get complimented on both my cursive and print handwriting. However, I'm usually in a huge rush. I don't think my handwriting is horrible or illegible when I'm rushing, but it's definitely not as nice as it can be.
     
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    My handwriting is complimented often ... think: drafting plans. My dad has the most gorgeous printing; he is often hired to "letter" (signs, race cars, doors on business trucks) and does it all free-handed. My handwriting is the result of trying to imitate his printing.

    I also have a version of cursive that people compliment.

    I'm asked a lot at school to make signs, make cards, etc.
     

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