General Description

This course provides practical examples that takes the latest research into inspiring boys to write and translates it into action.

- Eight ways boys learn best

- Seven needs boys have to write well

- Thirteen strategies to help boys write better

- Twenty Three specific writing tasks designed to make boys excel

Audience

All teachers of writing/English from grade 5 to year 12

Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students:  Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of student's physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities:  Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

 

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.

Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.

Sessions

Session - 1 - Engaging Boys In Writing Ten Proven Strategies

Duration - 1 hour 30 min

The Research

The Implications

A Whole School Approach

Finding what engages boys to want to write

Building Boys' writing self confidence

The Importance of Choice and Modelling

 

Session - 2 - Ten Proven Strategies

Duration - 1 hour 50 mins

Strategies that Work #1

- Guys only

- Graphic Organisers

- APE

- Authentic Audiences and Purposes

- Talk, Sharing, Debate

- Real life and Hands on

- Direct instructions, visuals and a real world impact

 

Session - 3 - Ten More Strategies to take them even higher

Duration - 1 hour 40 mins

Strategies that Work #2

- The Power of Humour

- The best use of ICTs especially for poor writers

- Saving writing for when it's really needed - alternative stimuli

- Praising and utilising boys' worlds

- Being 'boy friendly'

- Utilising non-fiction

- Making great use of oral work to ironically improve writing

Presenter

Ron Thomas

Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.