My background is in teaching. My educational work now includes storytelling KS2 upwards, creative writing workshops KS2 upwards, workshops of creativity, thinking skills and emotional intelligence (all ages), plus INSET work in these areas (all Key Stages).
Find out more -
Web - www.stevebowkett.co.uk
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 0116 367 7084
Author visits for children KS2 upward. Storytelling, talks on writing and books, creativity / thinking skills and creative writing workshops.
Author residencies. Steve will work with staff prior to the extended visit to create learning programmes tailored to your particular requirements.
INSET Packages - all are intended as whole-day courses unless otherwise stated.
Inspiring Writing – A range of practical techniques for generating, organising and refining ideas; underpinned by the ‘creative attitude’.
Story Strands – Based on Steve’s book Developing Literacy and Creative Writing Through Storymaking. This package shows how to use simple images to help children create and sequence ideas for narrative writing.Half-day course.
Boosting Creativity in the Classroom – Activities to develop children’s ability to think both creatively and ‘critically’ using a range of so-called critical thinking skills.
PeopleWise – Run in conjunction with educational consultant Simon Percival, this day shows how you can develop emotional intelligence and performance coaching skills in children (KS2 upwards). 1-day and 2-day workshops for pupils are also offered, plus ongoing support to develop PeopleWise skills throughout the school. Contact Steve for more details.
Kapow! Developing Literacy and Oracy through Comic Art. The Kapow! workshop uses comic art to engage children’s interest in story-making, plus writing games that show young writers how to create exciting stories of their own.
Conference talks and presentations on any of the above.
Recent educational books are -
But Why? Developing philosophical thinking in the classroom. This is a manual written by Sara Stanley with contributions from myself. The pack is a ‘starter kit’ for establishing a community of philosophical enquiry in your classroom. Intended for KS1 and KS2, the manual (ISBN: 1 85539 172 4) comes with four picture books – a dark retelling of Pinocchio by Sara and three books by me – Philosophy Bear and the Big Sky, Dojen the Wanderer and the poem If I Were A Spider. You also get a Philosophy Bear soft toy (also available separately). (NCE / NEP).
What’s The Story? Games and activities for creative storymaking. This book, for upper KS1 and KS2, is largely photocopiable and contains 40 ideas for creative writing. ISBN: 0 7136 5420 1 A&C Black.
100 Ideas for Teaching Creativity (ISBN 0-8264-8478-6) / 100 Ideas for Teaching Thinking Skills (ISBN 0-8264-8479-4) Continuum. INSET also available – ‘Boosting Creativity in the Classroom’.
Boys & Writing (ISBN 1-85539-108-2) Network Continuum PocketPAL book – Practical Aided Learning. A dip-in pocketbook of ideas. INSET also available – ‘Creative English Lessons’.
Jumpstart! Creativity (ISBN 978-0-415-43273-3). Part of David Fulton’s (Routledge) Jumpstart series, this is a handbook of over fifty interactive and multisensory techniques for developing mental flexibility and emotional resourcefulness in creative thinking. Sections cover creative thinking, questioning, reasoning, problem solving and wordplay.
Countdown to Creative Writing (Routledge) – a choose-your-own-adventure style strategy for writing prose fiction (ISBN 978-0-415-46855-8)
Countdown to Poetry Writing (Routledge) – a choose-your-own-adventure style strategy for writing prose fiction (spring 2009).
Countdown to Non-Fiction Writing – The third book in the Countdown to writing trilogy. The emphasis of this book is on the thinking that must occur in preparing to write and analyse pieces of non-fiction writing – questioning, interpreting, inferring etc. A number of the activities explore how we can distinguish between fiction, non-fiction, beliefs, truth, exaggerations, spurious arguments etc.
The Countdown books contain Teacher’s notes, photocopiable student activity sheets, a progression flowchart and extra material on the Routledge website.
Developing Literacy and Creative Writing through Storymaking: Story Strands for 7-12 year-olds – Published by Open University Press. This books aims to develop thinking skills and children’s ability to create narrative with the use of simple pictures put together into increasingly complex sequences. Activities are appropriate across a wide and ability range and work is carried out from the level of basic themes through to word- and sentence-level exercises. Extension material will be available on the Open UP website.
Coaching Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for 7-14 – Published by Routledge and co-authored with Simon Percival. This book shows teachers and pupils how to develop creativity and flexibility of thinking within a life-coaching context. The activities touch upon various aspects of emotional intelligence / communication skills and address issues of problem solving and decision making. Can be used as part of SEAL programmes, the ‘happiness and wellbeing agenda’ and other initiatives.
A Moon On Water: activities, games and stories for developing children’s Spiritual Intelligence – Published by Crown House and co-authored with Tim Harding, Trish Lee and Roy Leighton. The book will contain over 100 units that can be used as stand-alone activities or put together into more extended programmes of work, and used in many classroom contexts. A CD of songs, audiostories and images will accompany the book.
Kapow! Inspiring Writing and Motivating Reading through Comic Art Imagery – Published by Routledge and co-authored with artist Tony Hitchman. The book is a practical resource for KS2-3 teachers and literacy co-ordinators. It uses comic art panels as a visual analogue to a range of writing techniques, helping children to generate, organise and refine their ideas.
A much belated but deep felt, vitoriously voluminous (writers' licence!) "thank you" for an entertaining, inspiring and extremely constructive afternoon at St Dominic's last month.
The girls' enjoyment was obvious at the time, however I've deliverately delayed this letter until I could forward personal, written evidence from the audience - hence the class work extracts enclosed. No doubt you will, like myself, fail to be impressed by the standard of spelling demonstrated by this teen generation! Allow me hastily therefore to divert your attention to encouraging comments of intention to put pen to paper, applying your fun creative writing techniques.
The appreciated participation during a book week to remember is now also in evidence via proudly displayed photographs which convey an intensely engaged audience bubbling with enthusiasm. This positive response will be a key factor in helping us to nurture the desired climate of reading and writing for enjoyment and success. Thank you!
With best wishes for continued literary success.
Teacher, St Dominic's School, Staffordshire
A week on from your session and the students are still talking about the enjoyment they received from your session! Staff have been using your resources to supplement their teaching after your visit - so thank you!
Lots of students have been asking about your wintering series and other collections of books - would you be able to email me lists of books we can purchase directly from you - so the librarian can see what she needs to buy?
Teacher, Sour Valley School, Leicestershire
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