In recent years, much focus has been given to girls’ achievement in school. Recent attention is drawn to the unique learning struggles experienced by boys. Gatewood Elementary received a grant from the Hopkins Education Foundation to focus on strategies for increasing writing motivation and achievement for boys.
First, a group of teachers participated in a study of Ralph Fletcher’s book, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices. Book discussions revolved around topics and ideas in connection to Gatewood students. Teachers gained new ideas and insights and tried new approaches in their classrooms as a result of this opportunity.
Second, writer Lehman Riley, author of the Papa Lemon series, visited Gatewood. Mr. Riley is an African-American writer whose work is inspired by his own grandfather’s life. During Mr. Riley’s visit, all Gatewood students had the opportunity to meet Mr. Riley, learn about the evolution of Papa Lemon, and discover the impact writing has had on Mr. Riley’s life.
By involving a core group of teachers, this grant will help inspire Gatewood boys for years to come.