Learning by Helping
The purpose of the psychological reports I write is to help the student, teachers, and family understand and address a challenging situation. The issues are complex, but the report must be clear and practical. The report must be meaningful TO THEM, or it is worthless.
When writing picture books, similar considerations apply. What am I trying to give the future reader? How can I make it clear and meaningful?
To improve our report writing, school psychologists in my area meet to discuss the conditions we evaluate and practice skills for writing "user-friendly" reports. We learn from each other by helping each other. Everyone's skills improve!
When writing picture books, I meet with fellow writers in critique groups. We learn from each other by helping each other. Everyone's skills improve!
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A school psychologist who stopped writing reports ABOUT children and started writing stories FOR children.