ABOUT CAROL AUBREY

Carol Aubrey is the creator and program developer for Incite to Write. She is an author and educator specializing in Writing, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Creative Learning and Creativity. A resident of Florida for 15 years, she provided teacher training for the Florida Dept. of Education and the FL Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and worked as a consultant and trainer for the school districts of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties.

A Kennedy Center Partners-in-Education educator/artist, Carol is a long-time arts integration advocate and practitioner, and she is a frequent speaker and presenter at educational conferences. While an Adjunct Professor for Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, she traveled around the country training teachers in their innovative M.Ed Creative Learning Program, a program that specializes in using the arts as a strategy to teach the core curriculum.

Carol’s unique and highly successful curriculum development achievements in Language Arts and Writing have been recognized and rewarded through the numerous local, state and federal grants she has received. The strategies that comprise the Incite to Write program have been developed in the classroom and fine-tuned over a decade. Incite to Write has been a success from the start, serving thousands of students every year from both public and private schools, as well as students who are homeschooled and in alternative education programs.

In 2008, Carol created +Writing & Reading Specialists to further the scope of Incite to Write. Using Incite to Write as its program, +Writing & Reading Specialists became certified by the Public Education Department of New Mexico to offer supplemental educational services to students in Title I schools who scored below average on state standardized tests. In 2013, +Writing & Reading expanded to serve Title I students in Montana, California and Washington. As a provider of supplemental educational services, +Writing & Reading Specialists and the Incite to Write program have a 97% success rate in improving students’ scores on state standardized writing tests and writing prompts

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WINTER TALES 2018

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I remember going to Norway in the winter for my honeymoon. My husband and I arrived at this little town not far from a glacier, and there were beautiful woven Norwegian sweaters for sale at the village store. Lots of them. That's because most of the villagers knit all winter long, when they were snowbound and could do little else.

Winter was also a traditional time for storytelling in most countries. The crops had been harvested, and there was nothing to do but wait for the spring to come. People gathered around the home fire and told stories.

We're a long way from those days, but we still do occasionally get snowbound. And winter is still a time to "go inside" energetically-speaking. Winter also affords an opportunity for quality family time: our need to communicate and connect with each other is greater than ever in a world of constant texting.

So how do we tell stories in the 21st Century? I suggest making up your own. Story cubes (found on Amazon) are a great way to get the ball rolling. Story cubes are like dice with pictures on each side. Throw the dice and the picture suggests the character, problem, or solution to the story. Take turns, making it a group story. This is great for all ages, and fun for everyone. Why? Because you get to use your imagination and critical thinking skills. And you get to collaborate and be surprised by what another member of your family comes up with. You get to know each other a little better.

Believe it or not, we're all great at telling stories. We love to use our minds and create; we love to imagine. It's our human nature. Winter is a great time to discover and strengthen that creative muscle. (For more about creativity, see my 5-part blog.) To cap off your storytelling session, enjoy a homemade pie, or toast marshmallows. Some traditions just never die!

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Visit my new program, Storytellers & Writers, an after school dual language program that combines the Incite to Write strategies with storytelling.

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