Thursday, May 21, 2009

5 Tips for Teaching Boys to Write

More from Peg Tyre's book. From Chapter 11 Page 156 of "The Trouble with Boys" by Peg Tyre - - a reference to the work of Ralph Fletcher

Identify boys with poor handwriting and find them a keyboard.2. Allow boys plenty of choices when comes to what they want to write.3. Allow boys to use visual cues - - drawings, arrows, and signs.4. Teacher needs to appreciate the way boys write. i.e., boys use kid language not classroom language, stories are goofy, sarcastic, funny.5. Be tolerant of boys' topic choice: violence, mayhem, gore.


  1. Great ideas, thank you so much for sharing. I was able to transfer a great deal of the material in the reading segment into the bigger challenge of getting those boys to write - Shakespeare and Joyce notwithstanding.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Yes, "getting those boys to write" -- well said! So worth it once they say to themselves, "I'm a writer". Thank you for your well wishes and for chiming in.