The Gift of Inclusion

In one of our first classes, M. avoided and resisted writing at all costs. I tried using my whole bag of tricks to make him feel comfortable during our after-school writing club for 4th and 5th graders. I showed him pictures of my dog, Bear, told him I had a son close to his age, and asked him about his family and hobbies. He was always willing to engage in these conversations but still resisted putting pen to paper.