Engaging the Reluctant Writer

Led by Fred Wolff

Thursday, November 3, 2016

At the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center

29 Commerce Drive, Bedford NH 03110

603 206-6800 www.seresc.net

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Who Should Attend?

Teachers, special education teachers, ELL teachers, grades 3-8

About this Round Table Workshop:

Because strong writing skills are essential for success in K-12 schooling, college and the workplace, all students need to develop competent writing skills. When we examine 21st century skills, written communication is always included. Unfortunately, we often encounter students who are reluctant writers. For various reasons, they will do almost anything to avoid putting ideas on paper. At times, these students struggle in many areas of school. However, some of the time these are strong students when it comes to anything but writing! Why do some students almost refuse to write or, if we’re lucky, they’ll give us the absolute minimum. Most importantly, what strategies can we use to help these students catapult over that barrier so they begin to produce quality written work without a battle? In this half-day round table, we’ll examine these two crucial questions and explore some answers. Participants are asked to bring a sample of writing from a reluctant writer.

Learner Outcomes:

Teachers will:

  1. Identify reasons some students are reluctant to write.
  2. Identify specific weaknesses in the writing these students produce.
  3. Develop strategies to motivate these students to write.


8:00am-8:30am Guest Check In

8:30-9:00 Introductions and literature connection from No Place but Here by Garret Keizer

9:00-10:00 Discussion of why some students are reluctant writers including comments from students

10:00 – 10:10 Break

10:10-11:00 Discussion about the specific weaknesses of writing that is produced

11:00-11:50 Strategies to incorporate to motivate students

11:50-12:00 Wrap up (summarize the day’s findings and identify teachers’ next steps)

About the Round Table Leader

Fred Wolff worked in public schools for 24 years, 19 as a classroom teacher. For the past ten years he has worked with teachers across the U.S. and in numerous international schools helping to improve student writing. Fred has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a Fulbright to study education in Japan, and most recently wrote and co-produced an hour- long, PBS aired documentary about Holocaust survivors in his home state of New Hampshire. His first book, The Write Direction, was published by Pearson. He received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University.

Cost and Registration Information

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 am

Presentation starts at 8:30

Adjourn: 12:00 pm

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 3.5 contact hours.

Cost: $75.00

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Registration Closes on October 27, 2016. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact sabrina@seresc.net Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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