Doodling for the Brain
Doodling for the Brain is a student’s favorite warm up! What student doesn’t like to draw? This warm up is NOT ONLY ABOUT DRAWING or DOODLING. Many studies have shown that doodling can benefit student’s learning. It helps them concentrate, reminisce on memories, explore their brains, feelings etc., problem solve, see the big picture, and express their creative minds. It is also a great way to free the mind before getting into other academics.
Doodling for the Brain has 5 different pages for the 5 days of the week. These actives generate the student’s thinking in an enjoyable way and gets them active right at the beginning of the class.
Doodling for the Brain is not only for drawing. At the beginning of the week, (MONDAY)the students are simply emptying the cup and drawing whatever is on their mind. On TUESDAY, the students refer to a quick story on the white board, or are read a story (of your choice) and the students are then to doodle what the story was about. This activity helps them identify and reflect on the characters and plot of the story. On Wednesday, the students are able to express themselves on paper. They get to draw about something they’re excited about. This day seems like it’s not essential, but it is in the sense that many students need to be able to get through those excitements to be able to FOCUS through the day. On THURSDAY, the students reflect on the week so far. They are able to doodle their highlight of the week. On FRIDAY, the students are given a POEM, either read or written on the board. They then draw a picture of an image they saw in their head when they heard or read the poem. On FRIDAY, the students