Teacher training – comments on our article
– Positive comments on support from teachers
We posted an article about Teacher Training and Left handed Children in March 2012 and received a huge response, with over 200 comments totalling some 30,00o words and hundreds of emails – this is certainly the biggest response to anything we have ever posted.
There were not many positive comments from people who were happy with the support they received but here are a couple to help give a balanced view!
- I have a nine year old left handed daughter, when she started primary school I was thrilled to find they had a left handed teacher and right handed nursery nurse, purposely to support both sets of children with writing etc. They supplied all stationery in both left handed and right handed formats and also blobs to put on pencils again for both sets of children to ensure they held the pencils correctly – they also sent equipment home to support me being a right handed mum with my daughter; they also gave me some training to support her at home. No complaints and totally fantastic support!
- I am lefthanded and at school as I child I was constantly smudging work or told my writing/presentation wasn't neat. I have managed to get by but I definitely could do with a lefty kettle and people remembering that I catch and throw with my left hand. I now work in a primary school and we use pencil grips for left and right handed children, encourage correct comfortable posture for all children and use lefthanded products like the scissors. I've never worked with a teacher in early years education or beyond that has tried to discourage a child writing with their lefthand and we are aware that children will form letters in a different rotation or need a different seating plan to cater for being lefthanded.
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Links to the other pages of results from this project so far:
Detailed Comments on teacher training and left-handed children
Equipment problems (scissors, desks, computers, other items)