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Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers

by Ruth Ayres
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In this moving, personal book, Ruth Ayres weaves together her experience as a mother, teacher, and writer. She explores the power of stories to heal children from troubled backgrounds and offers up strategies for helping students discover and write about their own stories of strength and survival. She shares her own struggles and triumphs and hard-earned lessons from raising a family of four adopted children. Her experience is invaluable to any teacher who’s met children living in poverty, in unstable households, or in fear of abuse.
Ruth explores recent brain research on the way trauma changes the brain and makes a case for encouraging all students to write. She believes that all students benefit from revealing their stories, by communicating information and opinion that allows darkness to turn to light in the lives of children. In the last part of her book she offers up practical suggestions for enticing all writers, regardless of their struggles.
Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers invites you on a journey to become a teacher who refuses to give up on any student, who helps children believe that they can have a positive impact on the world, and who—in some cases—becomes the last hope for a child to heal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310903
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 331,598
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 13 Years

About the Author

As a full time writing coach for Wawasee School District in northern Indiana, Ruth spends her days helping students find meaning in their stories, and encouraging teachers to reflect and refine the art of teaching. "I love documenting ordinary stories from everyday life," Ruth says.

Ruth earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University. She has taught seventh grade language arts in Wawasee Middle School for four years. She is currently the district's writing coach.

Ruth says that she wanted to become a teacher because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of middle schoolers. "I like helping students see the power of their everyday stories and to learn how their words can make the world a better place. I consider myself among the most fortunate because I spend my days with children and adolescents, teaching them how to make sense of the world through reading and to impact the world with their voice through writing."

In her free time Ruth likes to read, write, take photos, walk, cook, and scrapbook. She and her husband Andy have three children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Holding On in the Hard: Understanding Kids Who Need to Be Enticed to Write 11

1 Stories Save 13

2 Altered Brains 19

3 Take Time 23

4 Healing Happens 29

5 See Their Stories 33

6 Getting the Heart Right: Social Media and Stories 35

Part II Setting the Stage to Entice Students to Write 41

7 What Writing Has to Do with Teaching Writers 43

8 Writing Always Gives More Than It Takes 51

9 Everyone Hates Writing 55

10 Is Writing Essential? 59

11 Writing Workshop is Essential 63

12 Developing Faithful and Fearless Writers 69

Part III Moves to Entice Students to Write 75

13 Leaps of Faith 77

14 Cultivate a Celebration Mindset 81

15 Individualizing the Writing Process 85

16 Writing Projects That Make You Want to Write 113

17 Stretch Mentors to Meet Needs 123

18 Simplify Conferring 129

19 Expand Feedback Beyond the Teacher 139

20 Tap Technology 145

Closing Thoughts: Press On 153

References 155

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