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>I used to get into so much trouble for drawing while listening.
Oh gosh, me too! In fact, my principal still looks at me disapprovingly
during meetings, while I doodle away. The other teachers don't believe it
helps me listen, either. If I don't doodle, I daydream, or worse yet, talk
(which got me in even bigger trouble as a child). When I look back at my
notes from college, I can actually remember (hear, see, and picture) parts
of the lecture by looking at the doodles that correspond with the notes.
Cool! Oh, and I wiggle my feet. I didn't get in trouble in k-12 school for
it, but I had one grad. school professor stop his lecture and scold me
because he found it distracting.
When I see a student who consistently keeps his hands busy while he/she is
supposed to be listening, I question him/her about the current discussion,
if he/she consistently knows what is going on...I leave the student alone
with the busy hands.