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Screening for Success: The Importance of Handwriting Assessments in Every K–5 Classroom
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Roxanne Thompson, OTR, Learning Without Tears National Presenter; and Keith R. Kline, OTR/L, Learning Without Tears National Presenter
Sponsored by Learning Without Tears
Today’s students need to be explicitly taught handwriting to succeed as writers inside and outside of the classroom. When teaching handwriting and writing, assessments are a powerful tool for educators to provide insight into their students’ baseline, progress, and areas that need remediation.
Assessments go beyond the scope of just identifying students struggling and provide an individual or whole-class view of students’ developing writing skills. Teachers can use assessments to structure instruction, provide remediation, and identify strategies that are or are not working in their classroom. Assessing students leads to overall success for both teachers and students.
In this edWebinar, Learning Without Tears National Presenters Roxanne Thompson, OTR, and Keith R. Kline, OTR/L, discuss how to:
- Identify types of assessments in the classroom and create a plan of action
- Understand the important role of handwriting assessments in the classroom
- Learn how the free Screener of Handwriting Proficiency works for every teacher and student
- Explore how to prevent problems and handwriting struggles
- Examine steps for remediation if problems occur
K-5 teachers will benefit from watching this recorded event.
About the Presenters
Roxanne Thompson, OTR received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1998. She has practiced occupational therapy in public schools, early intervention, and currently a private pediatric out-patient clinic. She also provides handwriting-tutoring services to children in pre-school through middle school. She completed her Level 1 certification in March 2007 and has been presenting for Learning Without Tears since 2009.
Keith R. Kline, OTR/L received his Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT. He has been practicing pediatric OT in a school setting since September 1999. He currently works in the Coventry Public Schools in Coventry, RI where he works with all students, especially those with exceptionalities, from the pre-K to middle school level. He has over 13 years of experience working with the Learning Without Tears® family of products: Get Set For School, Handwriting Without Tears, and Keyboarding Without Tears. He has provided numerous presentations using these programs and is a national workshop presenter for the LWT’s company. He offers private tutoring sessions for those families that wish to help their students improve their handwriting and keyboarding skills.
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