posted by [identity profile] rosamicula.livejournal.com at 01:31pm on 02/09/2015
I was taught cursive, by school (mainly by close-to retirement WWII-veteran teacher) and my mother (born 1918).

I cannot write comfortably or legibly with a biro, especially now I have quite severe arthritis in my hands, so use either a fine fibre tip or one of my fountain pens to mark work and make any hand-written records.

Some of my pupils - bear in mind I work with a lot of the poorest kids in mainstream schools and a mixture of kids with special needs - have never seen a fountain pen before and are bemused by mine. I encourage them to use a form of cursive, because you can write quicker with it, and while exams are still hand-written, that is a huge advantage over printing letters.

My pupils and some of my younger colleagues struggle to read my writing. They think my cursive lower case zed is a three and are bewildered by my lower case esses and pees and bees.

I get kids to improve their writing by using fibretips, and when I could two decent fountain pens for a quid in Poundland, used to give out fountain pens as prizes.



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