Boy Writers- Reclaiming Their Voices- by Ralph Fletcher I would like to get hold of the book as it sounds like a good read.
In a series of short chapters, ideal for after planning quick reads, Fletcher outlines his findings, anecdotes and reflections, ending each with a list of "What Can I Do in My Classroom?"
Ideas he covers include:
- giving boys choice
- accepting their humour
- understanding their unique voice
- the place of conversation
- handwriting and fine motor skills
- why violence has a place
- why fun is important
He leaves us with four main points to better nurture and support struggling boy writers.
1. Just let them write
2. Take the long view - you want them to want to be writers.
3. Consider pleasure. Is it fun?
4. Think relationships. "We're not teaching writing - we're teaching writers."
This article follows an interview with the author