Stephen Isaacson (1997) Mechanical Obstacles to Writing

Mechanical Obstacles to Writing: What Can Teachers Do to Help Students with Learning Problems?

By: Stephen Isaacson (1997)


Many students with learning problems are frustrated in their attempts at written expression because of difficulty with the mechanical aspects of writing. Problems with spelling, punctuation, and handwriting may draw attention away from the writer's focus on ideas. A teacher, therefore, needs effective ways of assisting students in overcoming the mechanical obstacles to writing. In this article, we examine 8 methods that teachers can use to help students deal with the spelling obstacle: collaboration, pre-cueing, word books, asking the teacher, invented spelling, peer collaboration, self-checking, and computer-assisted writing. Each of these methods is evaluated in terms of how they improve both the content and readability of the composition.

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