Some of us had the privilege of hearing author Ralph Fletcher speak at a recent writing conference. He advocated creating more "boy-friendly" writing environments. In general, girls tend to write for their teachers, while boys tend to write for each other. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
I've attached one of the handouts Mr. Fletcher spoke about. The left side of the page characterizes most classrooms, while the right side characterizes a more boy-friendly environment. Mr. Fletcher advocates our moving TOWARDS the right more than we do.
What do you think? Are we biased against the way boys write and the topics they want to write about? How do you handle children writing about violent themes in your classroom? What topic parameters do you set in your classroom?