How do you inspire writers?

I’ve been asked to run a workshop about how to inspire writers and help raise writing attainment across the primary-phase as part of a PD day at my school in a couple of weeks. I obviously have my own ideas, views and ways of doing so but I’m really interested to hear what others think. Particularly in relation to projects and using quality texts.

young writers

Therefore, I would really appreciate any input or ideas you may have that you think works well in developing children’s confidence, creativity and achievement with writing. I hope to use ideas from other schools in my workshop session/presentation. I would of course reference and give all credit for projects to the respective contributors. I’ll then upload the presentation to Slideshare for all to view and share.

So, what do you think works? Please consider posting below or, if you prefer, emailing me at martinwaller [at] multiliteracies[.]co[.]uk

Thank you in advance!

The Horizons of 2011

I’m slightly late blogging about 2010 as it’s now 2011. So, a very Happy New Year to you all. As I look back on 2010 and look to 2011, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on some of things that have happened in 2010 and then look to the future for 2011.

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Some of the highlights of 2010 were:

  • Managing to juggle being a classroom teacher with studying for an MA in New Literacy Studies
  • Becoming a published writer and getting excellent feedback about my first article
  • Sharing my findings at so many different places – the ESRC Seminar Series and Northern Grid conference to name two
  • Attending the Google Teacher Academy in London
  • Planning and working with my class on lots of exciting projects including a collaborative project with The Wren’s Nest Museum in Atlanta (USA) and the ‘Seven Seas Project’ where we found a buried treasure chest in the school grounds
  • Becoming Creative Learning Coordinator and developing new and innovative practices across the school
  • Pretty much single-handily organising the Growing Greener Futures Conference (and getting great feedback)
  • Meeting so many of the marvellous people I  know via Twitter
  • A very nice letter from two parents to my headteacher and governors about my teaching and classroom ethos
  • Continuing to develop the use of Twitter in the Primary Classroom as a means of developing confidence, motivation and independence with writing via @ClassroomTweets
  • Being mentioned in The Times by Caitlin Moran for our work on Twitter
  • Being awarded a prize from Sky and Global Action Plan for our work based around Growing Greener
  • Beginning to taking a more relaxed approach to productivity
  • Starting the process of buying my first house
  • I actually started to attempt to understand photography and contributing to my Flickr stream (more…)