When students color or doodle in math class, it activates both hemispheres of the brain at the same time. There are proven benefits of this cross-lateral brain activity:
- new learning
- relaxation (less math anxiety)
- visual connections
- better memory & retention of the content!
Students fill in the sheets, answer the questions, and color, doodle or embellish. Then, they can use it as a study guide later on. Graphic doodle and sketch notes take full advantage of Dual Coding Theory (the way brains process visual and linguistic information) to maximize retention.
- place value review
- reading and saying decimal numbers out loud
- modeling decimal numbers on a grid
- comparing and ordering
- rounding (how to round as well as concept and real-world examples)
- estimating with decimals (including real-world examples)
- estimating by rounding, compatible numbers, front-end estimation, and clustering
- which is better: estimate versus exact
- practice and examples
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Visual note taking strategies like sketch notes or doodle notes are based on dual coding theory. When we can blend the text input with graphic/visual input, the student brain processes the information differently and can more easily convert the new learning into long-term memory.
This strategy also integrates the left and right hemispheres of the brain to increase focus, learning, and retention!
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