Engaging Boys in Writing

Ron Thomas
Director and Faciliator of Speak with Power
Turn on those switched off boys! Get them writing about what matters to them. Show them they are great writers. Get their writing recognised in the real world. Lift the...
Target Audience
All teachers of writing/English from grade 5 to year 12

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

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


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

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Interactive sessions using kinaesthetic learning, group projects, live presentations

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 30/04/2018 Brisbane CBD Places available $374 + GST Enrol Now
Enrol Now 21/05/2018 Sydney CBD Places available $372 + GST Enrol Now


Engaging Boys In Writing

1 hour and 30 minutes

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

Ten Proven Strategies

1 hour and 50 minutes

Strategies that Work #1
- Guys only
- Graphic Organisers
- Authentic Audiences and Purposes
- Talk, Sharing, Debate
- Real life and Hands on
- Direct instructions, visuals and a real world impact

Ten More Strategies to take them even higher

1 hour and 40 minutes

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

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About the team

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.