Teacher training – comments on our article
– Views that teachers should NOT help lefthanders
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 30,000 words and hundreds of emails – this is certainly the biggest response to anything we have ever posted.
We did get some comments from people who thought this was all a lot of fuss about nothing and that teachers should NOT be encouraged to give an special help to left-handed children and they should be left alone to find their own ways to do things.
We find this view very unhelpful but I guess could be accused of bias so here are a couple of the comments taking a very different view to us. We will be very interested to hear your views on this so please add comments below.
- I can’t see why there are all these problems being dreamed up about being left handed. Some of us managed okay. If you let a child write with which ever hand they choose and just help them to hold the pencil or pen properly, there’s no problem. Problems occur when made to use the â€˜wrong’ hand. Learning to deal with right handed scissors, an iron, knives, cake forks, tin openers etc, only makes for an adaptable person. Yes, rulers were difficult and cheque books too, but one learns to cope.
And being left handed is a real bonus when it comes to playing the piano or a sport like table tennis. Left handed kids will find coping strategies for themselves, making sure they sit on the left of a right handed person at meal times, mirroring movements etc.
But please, don’t make these kids feel it’s a problem to be left handed; it isn’t. It’s perfectly normalâ€¦.and fun.
- I am left-handed. I have never found it to be a problem but then my parents did not make a big thing of it and I had no problems in school at all.
I am also a very experienced teacher and the thought of saying children who are left-handed make letters differently is rubbish. The important thing is good teaching for both left and right-handed children.
Sitting correctly is also for both important- if a teacher is having a problem with a pencil grip for a left-handed pupil, then ask a left-handed colleague to help with this.
The angle of the jotter- that is the child's choice.
Left-handed scissors for those who want them – I can’t use them and use right-handed ones in my left hand with no problem- the same can be said of left-handed pens. Many left-handed children are beautiful writers and many are not but this can also be said about those who are right-handed.
Let’s be sensible about this- making a big problem of it can also make children anxious- is this what we want – I think not- give help where it is necessary – as you would do with right-handed children.
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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)