There is a big difference between a pupil with poor handwriting and a child with dysgraphia (or any other learning difficulty that may impact their writing skills). Use this article to help you distinguish between the two and what strategies you can implement into your classroom to help.
Once upon a time left handed children were forced to write with their right hand. Whilst this is no longer the case, many left handed children still struggle when it comes to writing. This article includes first hand experiences from left handlers themselves as well as parents of left handed children and will provide you with a useful insight into their struggles. Use this information to be supportive of your left handed writers.
This article makes some interesting points as to why cursive is important and should still be taught in skills. However, it does not devalue printing nor typing, instead saying "our hands should become multilingual". The focus should be on writing and cursive is one aspect of that.
In all the debate surrounding cursive versus print versus typing, one thing remains: variety. The basics of handwriting are still valued and these easy to print worksheets allow students to develop their skills using repetition and finger-tracing.
This site is particularly useful when you have children who do not enjoy handwriting. There are a variety of tasks and the focus is simply on getting children to write. I love that these activities allow for creativity whilst improving handwriting and fine motor skills.
Freakonomics Radio and its host Stephen Dubner delve into the debate of handwriting versus modern technology. As teachers, we value handwriting and are aware of its importance and benefits, but do we place more emphasis on it than we should? This podcast (I suggest listening to it, but the transcript is there also) asks some important questions and left me wondering 'should we be more focused on a child's idea rather than their ability to write in cursive?'