161: Engaging The Reluctant Writer with Megan Polk

Engaging The Reluctant Writer with Megan Polk


Do you have students that just don’t want to write? 

You’re not alone! In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, we are diving into how we can help reluctant writers and the things we can do to encourage them to reach their writing goals. I sat down with Megan Polk, a literacy specialist, to get her top advice for SLPs. 

Megan Polk is a literacy specialist living in Nashville, Tennessee and the content creator behind The Literacy Dive and Writing Made Simple where she creates reading and writing resources that are creative, rigorous, and comprehensive. She seeks to equip teachers who share similar challenges and have the same mission: to close the gap, to increase student confidence and achievement, and to develop students who will expand their true love for literacy. 

This episode includes tons of tips for making writing fun and engaging your reluctant writers!


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Why confidence matters so much for students and teachers
  • The writing process
  • Tips for helping students make connections
  • Deciding what type of writing to focus on 
  • Tips for modeling to help students write 
  • What to do with students who struggle with the fundamentals
  • Why you should try disguising writing time 
  • Creative ideas to get your students writing 


I hope you enjoyed this episode with Megan! Remember, your students will feed off your energy. When you find joy in practicing writing with your students, they will find joy in it too! Just take it one step at a time and enjoy the process. 

If you want to hear more from Megan, make sure to check out her website and tune in to her podcast.

If you want more engaging and motivating resources for your older students, make sure to join the membership today at slpelevate.com!


Engaging The Reluctant Writer with Megan Polk


Joke of the Week:

Q: What reads and lives in apples? 

A: A bookworm. 


Resources Mentioned: 

Check out The Literacy Dive website

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Check out her TPT store

Listen to Megan’s Podcast

Check out the Writing Made Simple membership


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