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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | ESOL, TESOL, TESL, ESL |
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 28, 2013 11:14 AM

This is particularly important for students with language learning differences--Lou



"...“There’s something about writing that is a link to your brain,” said Marissa Moss, author of the popular children’s book series Amelia’s Notebook. In the books, Moss takes on the persona of a little girl expressing her ideas about the world and people around her. The books are a combination of words and drawings and look free form – as though Amelia sketched them herself.

Taking a cue from Moss, teachers from Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., decided to have their students keep notebooks in a similar style. The notebooks aren’t graded; rather, they’re a place of private, free expression. Karen Clancy and Andrea Boatright presented the project at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted by the Nueva School recently.

“They’re not used to being given permission to write about whatever they want,” Clancy said. But once her students realized that they really weren’t being graded and that they had freedom of expression, they eventually came to demand time to write.

Moss says writing without fear of consequences is key to developing a writer’s voice. “If you’re perfect you are guaranteed to not write a thing,” Moss said. “It’s like driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.” She has developed some guides to help teachers coax students into using art and writing in their journals at the same time, as a way of flexing their visual thinking along with literacy...."

Audrey's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:08 PM

Teachers and students already think this way. Audrey curating for

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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: The 21st century classroom...

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: The 21st century classroom... | ESOL, TESOL, TESL, ESL |

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Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, April 7, 2013 4:53 PM

several great images

Maureen Greenbaum's comment, April 7, 2013 4:54 PM
Tweeted it - P-Interested it and posted on out faculty sharing wiki ...Thanks
Ken Morrison's comment, April 8, 2013 7:57 AM
I wish that they had a bracket for engaged reading or interactive reading or critical reading. I do like this framework though.
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"All About Responsibility" song- Mr. Stanley tells stories about responsibility...

Mr. Stanley is back to sing stories about September's B.A.R.K. with Character word of the month: RESPONSIBILITY!!!!! Myers Elementary in Bellwood, PA shares ...

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