It’s confession time! Brace yourself, my friends…I hold my pencil incorrectly. That’s a photo of my hand below. A little wonky, yes? I remember my first-grade teacher correcting my grip endlessly, but of course, I always went back to the way I was used to. As an adult, I can form the appropriate “tripod” grip that we’re all supposed to use. I even have better looking handwriting as a result! But I have to think about it, and it feels unnatural.
Do you have a student who holds his or her pencil incorrectly? Do you hold your pencil incorrectly? (If you do, I certainly won’t give you the hairy eyeball.)
Check out these rules so you know when it’s necessary to correct a student’s pencil grip. (According to the article, I seem to use a version of the “thumb wrap” grasp. Who knew?!)