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Boys CAN love writing!

It was well documented by BBC1 last year that boys in my class were writing 70,000 words in one year on their blog. Not only this, but a shift from 9% Level 5 to 60% Level 5 in 12 months with ALL pupils making 2 years progress in 12 months for the last three consecutive years in Year 6 shows that this was working! A combination of enthusiasm, exciting projects, risk taking, blogging and a whole host of Web 2.0 tools ensured my boys were writing from home each night because they WANTED to. After three extremely successful years of blogging with Primary aged pupils, I am now in a position from January to work as a freelance writing specialist with the focus on supporting schools that have Boys’ Writing as a school priority. I have a number of projects that are PROVEN in the Primary classroom that I am now able to deliver in YOUR school. Here’s what BBC1 had to say:

Here are some supporting articles about my work in the Primary classroom:
David Mitchell the Innovator
Independent Newspaper Article
David’s innovative Projects: Feb29th.net and QuadBlogging in the TES
TES Article: Maths – Blogging Brilliant
TES Article – Those that can Tweet!
David and Heathfield in the NZ Herald
International Reading Association Article about QuadBlogging

If you are interested in working with me, I have dates available from January. Please contact me using the form below to discuss further and check availability:


Thank you for reading and I look forward to working with you soon!

December 6, 2012

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  1. Ross Mannell
    November 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Hello David,

    This is great news. When I was a student, I enjoyed writing but found little encouragement. How many words were lost until I again started writing?
    Your new position as a freelance writing specialist dealing with boys’ writing is a great move. I hope many take up the chance.

    @RossMannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • mitchell
      November 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks Ross, I agree with you there. What is driving me is the fact that I only started learning a few years ago. I was going through the motions until I really connected with what I was learning. I am absolutely wanting to make this work, thank you for your ongoing support!

  2. Cathy
    November 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Brilliant – love your punctuation points – my colleague and I will be trying it this week – fantastic!
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  3. Mr Moult
    February 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Hello,
    As a teacher I’ve drawn inspiration from your blog and the children have been inspired by 100WC.net. The combination has meant that writing in my class of year 5 children, mostly boys, has improved considerably.
    Thanks to you and all those who continue to inspire teachers and children alike.

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