The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article entitled Pens for Better Penmanship: Don't Forget (How) to Write! by Chris Kornelis. Over time using a keyboard effects our handwriting. The author offers some tips to help get handwriting back on track - pick the correct writing implement, choose appropriate paper and practice. The different types of writing utensils are discussed:
1. Avoid rollerball pens - the ink flows to quickly.
2. Ball point pens may require excessive pressure.
3. Best choice - fountain pen. It forces you to slow down as you write.
4. Try a pencil if you don't want to use a fountain pen because they do not require a considerable amount of pressure.
Reference: Kornelis, C. Pens for Better Penmanship: Don't Forget (How) to Write! Retrieved from the web on 9/9/14 at http://online.wsj.com/articles/pens-for-better-penmanship-dont-forget-how-to-write-1409934039
Have you ever tried using a fountain pen with your students? How about rollerball pens for children who do not apply enough pressure? Or perhaps a ball point pen to force a child to apply more pressure when writing?