Doodling: A Teacher’s Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning

Published first http://www.edudemic.com/doodling-a-teachers-secret-weapon/

A teaser

For educators, there are few things more frustrating than looking out into a classroom during the middle of a lecture and seeing nothing but bent heads. What are your students doing out there? Are they texting beneath the desk, despite repeated threats of phone confiscation? Are they scribbling notes to friends? Are they doodling silly animated books with teeth chasing your lecture notes off the page?

If the answer is the latter, you might not want to despair just yet. Despite centuries of teaching otherwise, researchers and thought leaders alike are increasingly rebranding doodling as a source of creativity, engagement, and yes, even keeping students on task. It’s something Sunni Brown, author of the book The Doodle Revolution, articulates well in her 2012 TED Talk, which emphasizes the importance of looking at doodling as something to embrace rather than shame.

Deforest Action

On March 28th, my good friend, sean Tierney is coordinating an exciting deforestAction live event! He will take you deep into the heart of the Borneo jungle to connect with orangutans, hear from dr. Willie Smits and the Eco-Warriors about the work they are doing with the Masarang Foundation, and speak with other youth and schools around the world taking action to stop deforestation. http://www.tigurl.org/march2012

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