Illegible handwriting

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  1. nstructor

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    What do you do for these students?
     
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    I teach correct pencil grip, letter formation (cursive), offer different writing implements, paper choice....and for some cases, I seek an OT consult.
     
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    I'm in high school. By this time disabilities causing illegible handwriting should have already been diagnosed. So I won't accept work that I can't read. If it is on a quiz the student gets the answer marked incorrect. If it is an assignment I will either mark that portion incorrect or I'll give the student a second shot at it for a late grade. It is amazing at how much neater the handwriting is after that.
     
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    nstructor, what age group?
     
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    Don't assume that a disability has been diagnosed. The individual could've slipped through the cracks.

    I'd suggest interventions such as use of a pencil grip, working on their letter formation through tracing, using raised-line paper, offering them use of a thick pencil or a golf pencil, or use of a weighted pen/pencil.

    Then there is always an OT consult.
     
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    True, one could have slipped through the cracks. But then he wouldn't have been able to return a perfectly legible paper back to me within minutes of my refusal, would he?
     
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    Nah, just saying it is something to keep in mind.
     
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    I teach high school English, and I tell them right at the beginning that if their writing is illegible, they need to type. I require work done in blue or black ink, or typed. If I can't read it, I hand it back and say try again. If it is messy enough to be distracting from their meaning, I hand it back and say try again.
     
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