I saw the "if" ... and presented the alternative.
I don't know about other places, but in Oz, we call this printing ... because it looks like "print" in a book or newspaper ... or any non handwritten media.
... and this "italicised" or "running" writing ....
"Printing" is easier to read. It's the method I use on the white board.
Last edited by keekwai; 9th October 2012 at 12:03.
In America what you refer to as "running" is called "cursive". We (my generation) all had to learn it in addition to regular printing, but I don't think anyone my age (twenties) even uses it anymore. A lot of older folks use it (it's the only way my parents can seem to write; my fathers handwriting is virtually illegible). I wonder if they even teach it to youngsters anymore? I doubt it...
My post, with regards to your comment, was geared towards attitude, not ability. No matter how good someone was, if they didn't have the right attitude, I would advise against them teaching or anyone being taught by them.
Because I don't deem you to be a model teacher(didn't actually know you taught) doesn't mean there aren't others who share my attitude.
Please take your trolling somewhere else. I hope the OP is mature enough to take the message from my post and not be swayed by your hatred of me.
Here's an article I read just the other day that some may find interesting.
Philip Hensher: Why handwriting matters | Books | The Observer
Those other writing apparatuses, mobile phones, occupy a little bit more of the same psychological space as the pen. Ten years ago, people kept their mobile phone in their pockets. Now, they hold them permanently in their hand like a small angry animal, gazing crossly into our faces, in apparent need of constant placation. Clearly, people do regard their mobile phones as, in some degree, an extension of themselves. And yet we have not evolved any of those small, pleasurable pieces of behaviour towards them that seem so ordinary in the case of our pens. If you saw someone sucking one while they thought of the next phrase to text, you would think them dangerously insane.
This track from Arcade Fire expresses a similar sentiment:
We Used To Wait ARCADE FIRE OFFICIAL SINGLE - YouTube
I agree handwriting is important. I'm not sure if "cursive" is useful. Although I guess even if one abandons its use later, the act of learning it can improve a child's penmanmanship, no?
Love that Arcade Fire track.
Exactly what would be the point of teaching cursive these days. In their computer class are you going to teach them DOS? Print your words (Mrx2 that means upper and lower case). It's so much easier for the students to read
iPen, the active stylus for iPad! - YouTube
So even ecards can have the personal touch from the sender. I believe that most people would rather hand write a message on a birthday or valentine's card, than print it.
Taking that aside, at this point, the ability to use handwriting on a board is an essential part of my lessons, and I suspect it still is for many more teachers here and in the field.
One additional point I would make, although I'm a fairly neat writer, my writing standard is dependent on the pen, and that is also the case with marker pens. I would urge the OP to mess around with different markers, it can make a significant difference. I find it difficult to use most 'Horse' markers. If you have to use chalk, giving the chalk a point may help. Be careful not to make it too thin, but it does assist in achieving a higher standard.