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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 3rd Revised edition edition (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441171304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441171306
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Cowley has created something that's pretty rare - a guide for teachers that's both pedagogically rigorous and down to earth. Without the time to wade through the reams of theory published on this topic, the third edition of Getting the Buggers to Write presents itself as a refuge for the busy teacher. In this way, she offers exactly what so many similar books don't: practical strategies that you can immediately implement. On top of this, she's not out to criticise, or to gesture towards too many unreachable conclusions... Underpinned by a view of learning that's humane and hopeful, it encourages teachers to have confidence in themselves, while inspiring them to try new things. As such, it deserves a place in every staffroom.' --Matt Ryan, English teacher, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, UK

A fabulously useful book that will inspire all ages to write - from young children through to grumpy disaffected teens. The practical advice and activity ideas are tried and tested and would be useful for all teachers.' --Gail Robinson, TSL Education

About the Author

Sue Cowley is an expert on behaviour management, and on creative approaches to teaching and learning. She has written numerous bestselling education and parenting books, which have been translated and published around the world. Sue has written for many teaching publications and was a regular presenter on Teachers TV. She has also been called to appear in front of the Education Select Committee, as an expert witness on behaviour in schools. She works internationally as a writer, trainer and presenter, as well as helping to run her local preschool.


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I have heard of the series written by the author, including the well-known title 'Getting the Buggers to Behave'. These books are in almost every trainee teacher's reading list, and it isn't difficult to see why.

Sue Cowley's clear, inspiring writing takes you into the practical setting that is the classroom and converts useful tips that can be used just when you need them. It does not tire readers down with inapplicable theory or hard to implement techniques. It is an inspiring read, full of creative ideas, and genuinely covers what beginning teachers (and indeed experienced teachers needing a boost) look for in getting their class motivated to write. Different areas are covered in separate sections, clearly, making it relatively easy to refer back when needed. Content ranges from giving students a reason to write to employing successful techniques to improve their writing, and from creating the right mood to write in and writing that is relevant to them, to giving effective feedback for improvement.

Definitely one for English teachers to use almost everyday, in classroom techniques, lesson plan ideas and at those tough essay times, including before exam revisions. Other non-English teachers will also benefit from the book when their students need to complete any written assignment at all.
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I thought this book sounded inspiring. It wasn't. I am in my fifth year of teaching and leading a small team of colleagues on improving boys' writing.

Perhaps more useful for NQTs or inexperienced staff.

Unfortunately I found it to be more of a list of what we know we should already be doing, rather than giving practical, new ideas to include. A lot of the material was obvious, common-sense. I think I was looking for something more forward-thinking. Granted, some of the case studies were of use, and I loved some of the ideas for secondary, but as a KS1 teacher, I found the sections on getting the basics right fairly patronising and uninspiring. I found myself flicking through absent-mindedly.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with all of Sue Cowley's messages and her philosophy, especially her ideas on throwing out the curriculum once in a while and being more creative, but HOW? How can I work within the constraints of the school system to be a more creative teacher, and to inspire my children to be more creative writers? It's no good telling me that boys mature at a slower rate than girls. I know this. We also know that girls generally prefer, and do better in, reading and writing. What I was looking for was unfortunately not in this book.

I found it to be very expensive for what it was-money for old rope (I am obviously in the wrong job!)
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Love all of Sue Cowley's books and this is no exception. Some great advice here.
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