1. Allow students to “mix” more than one handwriting style. (As we mentioned on page, according to a study carried out by Berninger and Graham, children who use a mixed style of writing, i. e. using elements from both Manuscript and D’Nealian alphabets, wrote as legibly as or more legibly than students who wrote in only one style.
2. Give your students more time to finish writing activities.
3. Allow students to use alternative methods (e.g. oral report) to evaluate their knowledge of a subject instead of asking them to write on paper.
4. Encourage students to use a word processor or a computer. The software’s spelling and grammar’s check abilities, and the mechanics involved in typing offer a great positive reinforcement… or school fonts programs.
5. Ask students to proofread papers before turning them in.
6. If writing ideas on paper is an obstacle to creativity, using a tape recorder or using pre- organization strategies such as mapping or drawing ideas before putting them on paper may help.
7. When possible shorten writing assignments.
8. Create a positive environment: reinforce student’s efforts, be patient and encourage them to be patient with him/herself.
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