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Teacher Support: Physical Language Network

Physical Language Network

A choice is made in every classroom. Should I teach a proven process or just hope pupils will invent one of their own? Is your schedule forcing you to choose invention? Are there time-efficient tehniques that will help to build skills for written language fluency when time is minimal?

Handwriting should be a useful learning tool for children in upper grades. Instead it has become a roadblock to efficient use of teaching and learning time. Pupils are expected to work with handwriting but teachers report that time for instruction of handwriting skills has been virtually eliminated from the schedule. Our mission is to spread awareness that fluency should be an important goal for handwriting instruction, that there are easy ways to measure and track it and that there is a simple technique that will improve it.

We believe that successful solutions to poor written language proficiency will come from the classroom if we can bring together teachers who are willing to meet occasionally on the internet to share ideas, information and evidence gathered during real trials of various techniques.

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  • Research has shown powerful links between internalized handwriting movement patterns and the reading process.

  • Research has shown simple ways to know when a movement pattern has been internalized.

  • Research has shown that fluent reading and composition involve multiple areas of the brain working in cooperation.

  • Research has shown that challenging physical learning activities stimulate new pathways for cooperation between parts of the brain.

  • Research has shown that fluent movement has measurable characteristics and as a result, can be taught and learned.

  • Research has shown that the strategy employed during handwriting lessons is critical if fluency is to be an objective.

  • Research has shown that handwriting fluency is connected to reading skill development for many entry level students.


You can measure handwriting fluency today.

Download a guide to tracking fluency.

There is new information on motor learning for handwriting that every elementary teacher, school administrator and parent should know. We are committed to helping those who recognize that handwriting skills are holding students back and anxious to share the information with you. For that reason we maintain a meeting room through Adobe Connect that supports live cooperation via the internet. The Connect Meeting interface allows collaboration with voice over the internet, video, white boards for illustration, application sharing, keyboard chat and much more. A computer headset works best, but speakers and keyboard chat also work well. You do not need to download special software to join this meeting.

The meeting room is usually open to visitors during any weekday afternoon between 1 and 4 PM. We are located in the eastern time zone. You will find a Meet-Live link in the frame to the right while viewing most pages. Whether you have a quick question or a frustrating problem, we are ready to help. Cooperation offers great potential to find better ways to improve student skills. We want to develop an ongoing relationship and evidence of the impact of physical language training.

You can click here to direct your browser to the meeting room. Simply enter as guest and type a greeting in the chat pod. The meeting is open to as many as 90 individual guests. We plan to use the web meeting to hold scheduled, events, perhaps once every six weeks, to be announced via email. We are working to develop a calendar for this page to display meeting dates.

You can request a private meeting be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you or your group. Simply send an email request to Rand Nelson using the mail-to link below. A meeting can be arranged in a few minutes or scheduled in advance. You will receive an email invitation with the meeting-room link to let you join the closed meeting.

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