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Alan Gibbons

Children's Author and Independent Consultant
Alan Gibbons

Educators' Conference
Area of Specialty:Children's Author

Alan Gibbons is an Award winning children''s author. A winner of the Blue Peter Book Award "The Book I couldn't put down," Alan has won nine literary awards. He has also been shortlisted twice each for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. He is organiser of the Campaign for the Book. Born in Warrington and educated at Warwick and Liverpool Universities, he lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.


Full Day Institute

Title Creating a Literate Classroom for children aged 5-15
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered October 17th & 18th (Repeat)
Description This Institute will examine what kind of environment proves most conducive to the development of a child who enjoys reading and writing. It will examine strategies to engage children in the development of their literacy, exploring the relationship between the classroom, the home and the school library.
  1. Explore the necessary environment to get children reading and writing;
  2. Explore the contribution made by school libraries;
  3. Demonstrate the scaffolding of writing.
Target Audience Teachers
Conference Material Session Handout - Creating a Literate Classroom for children

3-Hour Workshop

Title The Trouble with boys: getting boys engaged in reading and writing.
Programme Educators' Conference
Day Offered October 19th, 2011
Description This session will expand on the earlier Institute on the Literate Classroom by examining what is specific to boys' learning behaviours. It will present some recent evidence on boys' attitude to school and literacy and the factors determining their progress. It will then suggest some strategies for encouraging boys to have a more positive attitude to reading and writing.
  1. Examine some research evidence on boys attitude to school in general and literacy in particular;
  2. Determine what kind of strategies get boys more interested in reading and writing;
  3. Demonstrate strategies that have worked with supportive evidence.
Target Audience Teachers & Administrators
Conference Material Session Handout - The trouble with boys

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