Stationary and Writing Paper Worksheets
In this section of our site, you will find paper that can be used for just about any writing assignment. When you first start teaching you might not see the logic behind using such paper, but after you use it effectively once you will become a believer. I find that using stationary or border paper engages learners right away. Especially if the theme of paper causally relates to the assignment or task at hand. The first thing that it does is focuses the students and gets their creative juices flowing. The process of physically touching the paper and pen or pencil gives students instant feedback. I often find that students will create slightly better work when I use stationary with them. When I was working on my Masters degree I had to complete an experiment where I used stationary with one class, but not another and compared the difference in performance. It is important to note that this is very subjective, since it is writing, but using a standardized rubric we did find that students using border paper tended to score higher in the degree of creativity category for sure. It will not fix your grammar, spelling, or mechanics, but it may make your work more interesting to read.
Stationary and Writing Paper Worksheets:
- Great for working on forward thinking projects. Time to fly high!
Breathe Fire -
When conflict arises, this is your go to paper.
We focus on very positive tones here.
Make something brilliant with lots of colors.
- Can be used for winter topics or anything that makes you smile.
- For topics that explore living things or nature in general.
What a Zoo...
- Animals are always fun to write about and discuss.
- This is good for topics you are unsure about.
- Great for topics that revolve around warm seasons.
Ball of Yarn -
A kitty chase a ball of yarn around in a circle.
- Helpful for concepts that take a good amount of time to unfold.
- When something you are exploring is just fun and lazy too.
- A jungle scene full with nature and common animals.
How Writing with Your Hands Leads to More Effective Learning
As technology continues to grow and surge across all walks of life, handwriting has slowly been going the way of the dinosaur. In the modern classroom we are seeing more and more students use a laptop to take notes. A recent study found that students that take notes by hand with pencil and paper retain more information than their laptop counterparts. They did find that students that used laptops were able to include more words in their explanation, but their grasp of the key concepts that were taught where significantly less than people writing on paper. While this is definitely not a call to remove laptops from the classroom, it is just something we need to consider when evaluating the best way to take notes. As we continue to encourage students you should do what works best for you. How do you know which is best? Trial and error. I would try to experience everything and see what works best.
One of the key factors in how handwriting effects our comprehension is that it paces you. This slowing at rhythmic speeds helps chunk the information that we are evaluating. This gives us some time establish our own ideas. Writing by hand also provides us with an emotional component to our learning. Sometimes how a word appears after we write gives us a small, but significant enough to us emotionally attachment.
Several studies have shown that writing by hand can greatly improve memory as apposed to using prewritten cards. This is why we highly encourage the use of notecards for learning just about anything. Just the process of writing down all the information has shown to significantly affect how much information we retain and can use for a prolonged period of time.