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3 Skills Teachers Need to Help Left-Handed Students

Understanding the challenges faced by left-handed students is not always easy for teachers. Younger children in a classroom might be unsure of which is their dominant hand. They may also try using their right hand for many tasks to conform with other classmates. However, facilitating a young student’s laterality is key to setting up the child for success for the short and long term. With that in mind, here are 3 skills teachers need in order to help their left-handed students.

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An excellent article, well worth reading to help understand some of the potential difficulties left-handed children may face.

 

 

 

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Time for action and a change in attitude!

Rather than find ways not to change, it’s time to find ways to challenge the status quo and be proactive in changing the education system to actively help left-handed children.
In the Victorian era, you weren’t allowed to be left-handed! You probably know someone in your family who, in the past, was forced to write right handed. Left hands tied behind their backs, knuckles rapped with a ruler etc.  Thankfully that doesn’t happen anymore in this country.
Over the past 25 years I have tried, along with my MPs, to change the attitude of the Education System  and those at the Department of Education to be more positive/proactive towards left-handed children.  Sadly with minimal success!  This, in my opinion, has been due to a lack of awareness of the needs of left-handed children and an attitude of “Why should we change?” rather than “Why shouldn’t we change?”
Here are a couple examples of the DFE’s passive rather than proactive approach:
For example, the DFE has no figures on how many left-handed children there are in schools; no idea whether being left-handed has any impact on likely educational achievement!
Now is the time, with a new Schools Standards Minister, our Worcester MP Robin Walker,  for a shift in attitude from the Department of Education to make the needs of left-handed children a statutory part of Initial Teacher Training and be a world leader in educating left-handed children to help them achieve their full academic potential. A “Win/Win” situation for all!
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The new 2022 Left Handed Diary is now in stock!

The new 2022 Left Handed Diary is now in stock!
This left-handed diary is tailor-made, having reversed the printing so that it opens from left to right!
It is wire-bound so pages can lay flat, and the date grids are all on the left to steer clear of the wire. Simply rotate the diary 90 degrees to use the ample note space withe ase, or keep it portrait – your choice!
To make it easier to use, it features date grids on the left side of each weekly spread. The right side features ample space for notes with trivia, facts, quotes and anecdotes about left–handedness.
A great Christmas present idea for the left-hander in your life!
Price £9.99
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A new School Starter Pack!

If you have a left-handed child who is starting school in September, here’s a really useful pack to start them off with all the left-handed resources they need! Their own pair of left-handed scissors, a Grotto pencil grip, a Jumbo triangular pencil, a left-handed pencil sharpener, Left Hand writing Skills book 1 as well as a Handwriting Sticker set and table guide. Scissors, pencil sharpener and Grotto grips come in a choice of colour.
Price £19.95
https://www.leftshoponline.co.uk/?s=starter+pack&post_type=product
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Left-Handers are now LEFT-IN!

A new global initiative kicks off today to improve learning for left-handed children.

www.left-in.org is the website for LEFT-IN, the Left-Handers Education Forum and Training International Network. LEFT-IN was formed in 2021 aiming to improve the information and education available to the educators of left-handed children around the world.

Left-handed children make up around 15% of today’s classroom population. But, through no fault of their own, many early childhood and primary school teachers are failing to teach their left-handed students correctly because they are underprepared by their university course. This is a worldwide issue.

The Founding Members of LEFT-IN are all passionate about the education of left-handed children in their own part of the world: UK, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and China. They now come together as one voice, working with educators and legislators to improve the education of teachers for the benefit of left-handed children across the world.

Mark and Heather Stewart initiated  and are Founding Members of Left-In. “Gone are the days, thankfully, where children were punished and made to change hands when writing”, said Mark. “But for too long, understanding the specific needs of left-handed children has not been part of Initial Teacher Training  or Continuous Professional Development, and remains that way even in 2021! Appropriate teacher training and guidance for the children will give the child  a better chance to achieve their full academic potential  and improve their life chances; “Win/Win” all round!

“We are really excited to be able to kick off this great initiative on Left-Handers Day”, Mark said.

Robin Walker MP who has supported Mark’s campaign to help left-handed children says: “Being left handed shouldn’t hinder access to opportunity for anyone, particularly when there are so many support options   available. That’s why Mark and his team are providing an important service to ensure that left handed doesn’t mean left out.”

Celebrate with us at:

Aunty Ems Tea Emporium            (1st Floor) 6B ,City Arcade Worcester                                          Friday 13th and  Saturday 14th August  – 10am to 4pm

Try/buy various left-handed resources: from can openers to corkscrews, scissors to pencil sharpeners!

 

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Being left-handed set Team GB’s Joe Choong on the path to men’s modern pentathlon gold

The first British man to win gold in the modern pentathlon was encouraged to take up the event because being left handed would “give him an advantage”, his former coach has revealed.

Joe Choong won gold yesterday at the Games, making him the first British man to win an individual Olympic medal in the sport, which has been in the programme since 1912.

It has now emerged he was encouraged to take up pentathlon by a coach at the Whitgift School, Croydon, in 2008 after he realised being left-handed would give the young athlete an advantage in fencing.

Charlie Unwin, a professional sport psychologist, noticed Choong’s talent as a swimmer when was just 13-years-old.

Mr Unwin said: “He stood out in the pool, so I convinced him to complete a “bleep” test to see if he could run – which he could.

“I also noticed he was left-handed which can offer a distinct advantage in the fencing discipline of [modern pentathlon] because by holding the weapon in the other hand it creates an unfamiliar profile for the right-handers fighting against you.

“Effectively it changes the nature of the target they are trying to hit.

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Two NEW Handwriting Products!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of 2 new handwriting resources for left-handed children!
1) Left-handers’ Handwriting stickers.
Designed to be an “Add-on to” and not “instead of” the Left Hand Writing Skills books, this stickers set will continue the focus of using a good pencil/pen grip and also turning the page. Instructions for a good handwriting technique with 25 paper angle reminders, 8 pencil grip reminders and 2 “great left-handed work” stickers.
Single item or Packs available in 10, 25, or 50!
2) Left-handers’ Handwriting Table Guide. 21.5cm x 4.5cm
Designed to be an “Add-on to” and not “instead of” the Left Hand Writing Skills books, this Table Guide will continue the focus of using a good pencil/pen grip and also turning the page. Shows the correct pencil grip and paper angle to ensure the hand goes under the writing rather than over it, so there is no smudging or messy hands!
Single item or Packs available in 10, 25, or 50!
https://www.leftshoponline.co.uk/product-category/school-stationery/left-handers-handwriting-sticker-set-and-table-guide/