Wednesday, March 12, 2008


This week I'm in Lima, Peru, visiting the Franklin D. Roosevelt School. One of the reasons that I love visiting schools is I always learn something. Many times I struggle with a clear way to explain a point about process. Often a young person shows me the way.

Yesterday a third grader asked me how she could tell if her story needed more details. I told her, "Read it again and search for places to put sensory details." Earlier I had explained sensory details in my presentation, but my answer seemed inadequate.

"Oh," she said, "like when I draw a picture and I look at it and decide this needs more dust. So I draw more dust."

Well stated, young lady.

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