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After I wrote about cursive handwriting last week, I started thinking about all the times when my students use a computer (or other electronic device) to write instead of handwriting with a pencil and paper. One of the arguments that I heard supporting teaching cursive was that some people learn better when they actually write their notes in class rather than typing them on a computer.
Two of our teachers were sitting in the faculty room this morning. One was looking in her calendar at her schedule for the day. Looking at her paper day planner, I jokingly said, "What is that thing?"
The other one laughed and said, "I just can't function without writing on my calendar. I tried using Outlook for one school year. And, another year I used a PDA. During both years, I frequently forgot important appointments. It just didn't work for me. I cannot remember if I type something; I have to write it down."
Both teachers agreed that the act of handwriting helps them to remember things. I wonder if this is true for most people. Do you remember better if you handwrite something?