The art of teaching transcription skills in the early years of school: Spelling and handwriting

Tessa Daffern, Noella Mackenzie, Antonella Sassu

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Handwriting and spelling are necessary skills for young writers to learn. Success with spelling is a key
predictor of success with writing while handwriting has been shown to activate motor, visual and linguistic
areas of the brain and is linked to success with learning letters, reading, spelling and maths. Learning to
spell involves learning to coordinate phonological, orthographic and morphological processes and requires
explicit teaching. Handwriting also requires explicit teaching and considerable practice. Being a good
speller and having an efficient handwriting style free a writer's working memory to concentrate on text
creation. This workshop will be interactive and informed by current research. Classroom vignettes will be
shared to illustrate how metalanguage can be used and how children's literature can be incorporated when
explicitly teaching spelling. Participants will also explore children's pencil grasp and posture and the
patterns that support handwriting. Participants will trial processes for teaching and monitoring progress in
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAATE ALEA National Conference - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia
Duration: 08 Jul 201811 Jul 2018


ConferenceAATE ALEA National Conference
Abbreviated titleThe Art of English: Language, Literature, Literacy
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