Writing: Reluctant Writers

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Identification - characteristic behaviours

The following characteristics may indicate that a pupil needs help to overcome barriers to writing (not all pupils will exhibit all these characteristics):

  • a general lack of ideas
  • writing is a physical struggle... poor fine motor control/sedentary
  • difficulty with spelling which impedes writing
  • a view of writing as secretarial skills rather a creative process
  • difficulty remembering what s/he is writing about
  • quick to finish with writing being superficial
  • plays it safe with writing and is reluctant to take risks
  • good at telling stories but has difficulty writing stories
  • truncated writing - starts but is unable to extend writing