This year, I’ve noticed more and more teachers are having students hand write final drafts in the upper grades- moving away from the time consuming practice of typing stories and essays on to a word processing program.
Is it good? Is it bad? There are pros and cons to both methods of publishing. Typing a story makes it easier to read, edit, and revise. But it also takes the focus off of the actual craft of writing and places it on data entry, effectively taking the writing out of writing workshop for days, sometimes weeks at a time.
Here are a couple of interesting posts that talk about the benifits of putting pen to paper, even in this techno day and age.
How Handwriting Trains the Brain @ WSJ.com