Reluctant writers can be a challenge in class. There are many reasons why students may be reluctant writers. However, in my opinion, these can be categorized into 4 main groups:
Over the next 4 blog posts we will cover all 4 categories and list a number of small tweaks you can make to your lessons in order to turn your reluctant writers into creative writers!
This reluctant writer may try their best and show great enthusiasm until they begin to write. Their gaps prevent them from achieving their best. Do you know a child like this? Symptoms may include...
This child needs to either work on their weaknesses and fill in their gaps for find ways to overcome their struggles by changing their writing method. Here are some easy ways to help children become fantastic story tellers!
1) Story boards/timelines can help children with many ideas sequence them so that they end up with a cohesive text. Some children need this to organize their ideas before writing. This is an important part of the planning stage for many children.
2) Story bags are a great way of organizing ideas so that the children can sequence their writing better. Children are presented with a number of bags ('beginning, middle, end' or 'introduction, point 1, point 2, point 3' etc.) for them to place their ideas inside. Not only this but items could be placed in the bags to represent the different parts of the story. Children who muddle their ideas can use this to structure, while children with limited ideas can pull things out of the bags to gain ideas for their writing.
3) Ipads are a great way of developing ideas, being creative and allowing children with handwriting issues to overcome their gaps through word processing. Apps such as book creator, help children create and type stories in an interactive and engaging way which culminates in them producing their very own Ebook. This breaks down their handwriting barriers.
4) Why do we always make children write in books and on lines. For most children it doesn't cause any issues but for some the lines and size of the pages can put them off. Instead, give your child a huge piece of paper and felt tip or a window and a whiteboard pen. They can write much bigger and don't have to stick to lines. For some children who lack their fine motor skills, this can allow them to succeed!
5) Pairing children up smartly can allow children to develop and fill in gaps. Matching a child with who struggles to form ideas but spells well with someone who is the opposite allows both children to succeed because they compliment each other. These collaborative writing sessions can allow children to not worry about what they can't do because they have someone to support them. They learn from each other.
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