Academic Intervention Strategies: Handwriting

Academic Intervention Strategies can help kids with handwriting.

Working with teachers for over 30 years, I have learned many strategies to try to help students be successful. Since all students learn differently it is important that teachers build a “strategies toolkit” to be ready for each child who enters their classroom door. 

One area that is often overlooked in the “age of word processing” is handwriting. However, not all kids will have computers 24/7 so a child’s handwriting must be legible so teachers can assess student learning accurately.

What Are Academic Intervention Strategies (AIS)?

When a student is having difficulty learning a teacher must try a variety of ways to help them be more successful. As adults we all learn things differently and kids are no different. An advantage of an extensive “strategies toolkit” is that many kids can benefit from the special strategies in day-to-day learning. The Individuals with Disabilities, Education Improvement Act (IDEA) supports interventions and requires teachers to identify strategies implemented and their outcomes prior to special education services being approved. 

Academic Intervention Services: Handwriting

  • Ask the school nurse to check student vision.
  • Reward quality.
  • Remind students often and consistently of using good penmanship.
  • Clearly explain what is acceptable to you.
  • Allow students to use paper with their choice of line width.
  • Directly teach letter positioning, directions & spacing.
  • Provide a handwriting model.
  • Allow pencil grips.  Try different types.
  • Reinforce an honest effort.
  • Shorten written tasks.
  • Allow extra time to complete tasks.
  • Use tape to keep paper positioned.
  • Try different sized pencils. (Golf pencils (shorter) allow a better grip)
  • Teach correct pencil grip & proper writing position.
  • Give students a visual reminder of where to start and end.

Using specific Academic Intervention Strategies can sometimes prevent the need to refer a student for additional support programs or Special Education services. Knowing the best way to reach individual students can make a big difference in a child’s educational career.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

Isn’t education All about reaching the kids in the classroom and at home?

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