Teaching students to make inferences is a core component of thinking critically.  Using visual writing prompts encourages students to think divergently, and when given time to look and think about the image, students partake in debate about the meaning of the work.  This goes way beyond, "What do you see?"  It asks students to justify their thoughts and develop a

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Want to know what happens after you submit your picture book to a publisher? Last week I attended The A to Z of Picture Books, presented by author Kat Yeh and Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Disney-Hyperion.  The presentation was true to the event description: "explore how a picture book gets made—from initial conception to submission, from finding an editor and

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"Kids can't think anymore," is something I hear quite often in teaching.  Between Common Core, governmental control over curriculum minutia, and parents who micro-manage, over-schedule and simply do too much for their kids, there is no time for children to actually make decisions and think for themselves. Teachers can get kids to think critically by reflecting on how they teach:

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Use this Story Starter Illustration as Your Next Writing Prompt. Looking for something to write about? Use my illustration, Vegetable Medley, to inspire your next story!   Use the following written story starters and incorporate one or more into your next amazing tale: As the sun went down, he held on to the one thing he loved the most. With every note, life grew out

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Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can help you get excited and write your best story. There are many similarities between making pictures and writing stories. In both

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