I've found that my frustration level with students not listening to directions is much more alleviated when I get their attention focused. It used to drive me crazy to have students ask where to put something not two minutes after I have given the direction.
I also doodle in class, but I find I am also doing selective listening. These students may not quite have the ability to function this way.
From: Renee.Berg@k12.sd.us [mailto:Renee.Berg@k12.sd.us]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 11:31 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Music in the Artroom
Heather, I have to agree with you, I doodle to to keep focused at meetings or class. Can't say I have any research though to back it up.
Is that really true? I doodle constantly when I am in meetings and such, and I always did when I had lecture classes/ discussion classes in college too- I find I am better focused when I am doodling, and if I don't have a pencil and paper then my mind really starts to wander.
I think- but I don't have any research- that doodling is really different than serious "right brain zone" drawing somehow. Does anyone have any real research type info on it?
On Sep 22, 2004, at 11:36 AM, Freeland, Sue wrote:
These are Art1 mostly ninth grade classes...once they get in that right brain mode they are like in a trance! Also realized that if anyone is drawing or doodling while I'm talking, they are not processing my words!