If you have ever struggled to motivate your son to read…or write…or sit still in the classroom?! This episode is sure to encourage you. Andrew Pudewa has been a household name in our family for over 10 years as he has been my boys’ writing teacher (via video!) The boys call Andrew “a legend” (that’s high praise in my teenage boys’ world) and they describe him as super- smart, eloquent, quirky, and a really fun teacher. (I think you’ll agree!)
Andrew is the Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and he is a popular speaker on all things related to learning – especially in the area of language arts. I wanted to chat with Andrew on all kinds of topics, but especially about a talk I heard him give called “Teaching Boys and other Kids who would Rather Build Forts all day.” This talk taught me so much about how boys’ brains work, how boys learn differently from girls, and some simple strategies that have helped me motivate my boys to learn! Andrew and I discuss some of my favorite parts of his talk in today’s episode, and you can link to his entire teaching in show notes below!
This page will have the curriculums my boys use, Andrew’s talk: “Teaching Boys and other Kids who would Rather be Building Forts”, as well as the current offer of 3 free weeks of Language Arts curriculum IEW is offering this summer.
The Real Lord of the Flies. What Happened when Six Boys were Shipwrecked for 15 Months. (article in The Guardian.) <— This is a fascinating story! I recommend you take the time to read it.
Penrod (book for boys) I’ve never heard of it before, but I trust Andrew so I just ordered it! 🙂
Center For Lit: This is Andrew’s recommended site if you’re wanting to learn more about Teaching the Classics.
For 25 years IEW has offered an effective method for teaching writing that encourages and inspires students and molds them into confident and competent communicators and thinkers. IEW offers language arts materials to students of all ages, K-12.
Whether you have a student who loves to write, hates to write, or a student who has some special learning needs, you can find success with IEW. Try the free lessons at iew.com/monicaswanson
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Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.
Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fourteen, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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