A Cutting Mess

Are your students lopping off heads when they try to cut a picture?

Bisecting a form in a misguided attempt to get from the paper edge to the stimulus line?

Shaving valuable inches from an image rather than staying true to the contours indicated by the cutting line?

Giving shag haircuts to the hapless parchment upon which they needed only to provide a straight line cut?

These are but a few of the many ways cutting can go awry.

In classrooms around the world, innocent line drawings are subjected to cruel dismemberment simply because the offending child didn’t have a plan. Aside from knowing that the lovely image in the middle of his paper was to be rendered into a trimmed version so it could be pasted onto his phonics, math or other equally worthy academic lesson, many children are clueless about the best way to make this happen. By the end of the session, the pictures are almost unrecognizable.

You want a quick remedy for these cutting ills? Grab a pencil and a broad tip marker. Prepare to learn the easiest ways to promote function never taught in school.