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Peterson Directed Handwriting Evaluation and Coaching

The Peterson Method curriculum uses a unique movement based strategy to teach skills for fluency and legibility. It has always been evidence-based instruction. Teachers and parents who are trying to develop handwriting skills face several problems. One is knowledge about how to evaluate for needs. The other is knowledge about how to coach toward changes that result in improved skill. The files provided here for download offer help for establishing an evidence based process for regular evaluation of specific qualities that relate to process skills. A number of special tools and techniques to make the evaluation process work are also provided.
The Self Evaluation Guide will show you how to put the plan in place. The various tools will guide needs assessment and selection of specific legibility sub skills for practice that will lead to improvement of legibility through understanding and thoughtful application. You will have a simple technique to guide critical thinking that your child can use and understand. You will learn how to measure and track fluency with objective data that can be gathered easily.

Will you evaluate writing or drawing?
The motor system (IM) can successfully guide an automatic handwriting process when we provide regular opportunity for that system to practice. You can easily include fluent movement as a goal in your handwriting lessons. We pray that this set of coaching tools will bring you back to find our materials for teaching fluent movement. If you are interested to learn more, please stop by our welcome page for links to great products and a wealth of information about teaching handwriting.

As promised in our ads in The Link and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, the links below will bring some very special information and tools. We have added a few extra items as well. We hope these gifts will lead to a long friendship and successful handwriting skill development for your children.

Self Evaluation Guide - (PDF 612 KB) Click here to download
Position Skill Assessment - (PDF 476 KB) Click here to download
Measure and Track Fluency - (PDF 32 KB) Click here to download
A Rubric for Cursive Evaluation - (PDF 452 KB) Click here to download
Letter Tops Evaluation - (PDF 344 KB) Click here to download
Skill Posters, Vertical Print - (PDF 63 K) Click Here to Download
Skill Posters, Slant Print - (PDF 63K) Click Here to Download
Skill Posters, Cursive - (PDF 62 K) Click Here To Download

Below you will find some awesome extras that will likely change your handwriting teaching strategy along with your design of spelling and vocabulary lessons. Learn how motor learning can be a tool for language skill development while simultaneously improving handwriting fluency and legibility.

Learn about the movement based strategy that lets you teach, and your student practice, fluent movement. Supporting research is referenced in the strategy paper.

The Peterson Method - (PDF 548 KB) Click here to download

The Teaching Task - Click Here to Watch Web Presentation
The link above will take your browser to a presentation that will run automatically in your browser. The program runs just under twenty minutes. You will need speakers or a headset for the sound. The presentation provides an overview of the teaching task, specifics on each step in the method for instruction and tips on correlation that will help with transfer of learning into applied work.

Why Trace and Copy Acitivies Fail - Click Here to Watch Web Presentation
The link above will take your browser to a new and powerful presentation illustrating WHY TRACE AND COPY ACTIVITES FAIL SO MANY CHILDREN. if your child labors to put thoughts on paper this 12-minute slide show will show you one probable source of the problem. Learn why Peterson does not recommend tracing of models with a pencil or crayon and find out how we use our unique, color/rhythm models to teach better movement.

The Muscle Memory Story - (PDF 376 KB) Click here to download
Written for a grade four student, the story translates recent motor science revelations about handwriting movement into lesson objectives a student can understand. Learn about the real goal for practice activities. Do they ask why practice is necessary - moan and groan when you suggest it? This story should make a difference and it describes a way to make practice fun.

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Handwriting Skill Development

Self Evaluation Guide
Position Skill Assessment
Measure and Track Fluency
A Rubric for Cursive Evaluation
Letter Tops Evaluation

Teaching Strategies

The Peterson Method
The Teaching Task
Why Trace and Copy Acitivies Fail
The Muscle Memory Story

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