Back in the day when I started teaching, management in my school would never have allowed children to be seated in groups. Instead children had to be facing the board head-on to see how letters are formed, and so the teacher could monitor crossing of the midline, posture, pencil pressure, pencil grip, etc. These days, it is frowned upon for children to not be seated in groups, so now some children will face the board, while others are side-on or with their backs to the board. In my Year 2 class, I have about 30-40% (more than just my usual handful) of my children who reverse their numbers and letters as well as having terrible pencil grips and very poor posture. I am wondering if this could be due to them not having instruction while facing the board in front of them. What are the experiences and thoughts of other teachers experiencing the same problem?