I've Got Something to Say
Gail Loane knows that every young child and young adult has something to say, and her skill is in leading her students to know that they have a wealth of experiences and ideas worthy of recording. Writing is the Creativity of each person making itself known through the role of author. We want our young people to grow up knowing themselves as authors. Unfortunately, too often writing becomes merely an exercise in 'getting words right', or writing to teacher-prescribed tasks. Authorship is much richer than that. It is a means of describing, pondering on, clarifying, questioning, and celebrating aspects of their lives. I've Got Something to Say: Between these pages lies a journey-map for teachers (and parents) of primary and secondary school students to assist their young writers to authorship.
Gail Loane is well known for her work with teachers. She facilitates teachers' exploration of their own potential through writing, and then supports the transfer of the process to the classroom. Awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2007 for Services to Literacy with teachers and children, Gail and her colleague Sally Muir, present us with inspiration, models and guides to assist young writers.