Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Tip 9: Make-Your-Own Weighted Pencils

Posted on April 09, 2012 in News

Don’t you love a good DIY project? Today’s tip will not only bring out your crafty side but may help one or more of your students improve their writing immediately.

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Help your students build hand strength, write more legibly, and improve their body awareness by building these simple weighted pencils (or crayons or pens). The tip comes to us courtesy of Abby Brayton over at Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Her blog has a lot of great information and her tutorials (like this one) have really nice photos that illustrate each step of each project.


  1. From Rose Striplin on 9 Apr 2012

    Thank you for the tip on weighted pencil, i’ll try it with my son.

  2. From Julie Vanderwagen on 10 Apr 2012

    I am going to do this tomorrow in my class! Thanks for the easy, useful tip.

  3. From Abby on 10 Apr 2012

    Thanks for sharing my DIY weighted pencil! I would love to hear about experiences others have had using weighted pencils with their students!

  4. From Liz on 10 Apr 2012

    Thanks for this idea Abby. I have had some success with weighted pencils, but we don’t have the resources to try them often. This idea will definitely increase the opportunities to “try before you buy,” or possibly work as cost effective alternative. I have found that weighted pencils can be helpful especially for my students who do not use enough pressure to write or for those who have poor pencil control. It seems to really help improve body awareness when writing. I will pass this on to the other OTs I work with, as well as teachers and families.

  5. From laura on 12 Apr 2012

    Thank you so much for this great tip and link to the OT website. I am definitely making one of these weighted pencils to try with one of my students!

  6. From Holly M. on 13 Apr 2012

    I love this idea! I’m going to go dig through our junk drawer for nuts right now!