Motivating Reluctant Writers Using Puppetry
About the Course
Many young children are hesitant to take risks with writing and are not comfortable making mistakes. Puppetry is a great way to engage, hook and motivate students to be independent writers. When students witness the puppet trying their best with writing, and making the same mistakes they make with writing, young children witness the encouragement and support the puppet receives from its peers and teachers. It allows children to see that it is okay to make mistakes and that it is all a part of the learning process. Children also get the opportunity to share their knowledge and learning with the puppet, reinforcing what the children already know. This course is great for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 Teachers who teach children in the beginning stages of writing.
About the Instructor
My name is Melissa Clarke and I am a Grade 1 Teacher in Ontario, Canada. In addition to my Bachelor of Education degree I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. I have over 15 years experience working with children in a variety of settings. I strive to offer children an environment that is safe, warm, positive, inclusive and supports children’s natural curiosity and exploration.
A problem I witnessed in my classroom is children being reluctant to write. The challenges that come with writing is a barrier for many students to take risks with putting their ideas on paper. I thought “How could I motivate my students to be independent writers and be comfortable with making mistakes with writing?” That’s when I thought of incorporating children’s love of puppets into the writing process. This course explains exactly how I use puppetry in the classroom to engage and encourage even the most reluctant writers.