One of the speakers at the NAIS Annual Conference was Sunni Brown, champion of doodling as a valued form of thinking – both process thinking and representative thinking. She spoke about visual literacy. As a long-time doodler myself (literally decades of fostering…and sometimes hiding or resisting…this habit) I wanted to scream and jump and applaud her for shedding light on how important visual representation is. Think about your students who doodle and consider thinking innovatively about how to channel their need to put pen to paper and produce a picture towards learning…instead of trying to shut them down. Can joy around visual representation produce greater focus, investment, and engagement in learning? I believe it can! Enjoy these thought-provoking resources from Sunni:
New York Times: Uncovering an Enigma Wrapped in a Doodle
TED Talk: Doodlers, Unite!
Book: The Doodle Revolution: Unlocking the Power to Think Differently
Book: Gamestorming: A Playbook For Innovators, Rule Breakers, & Game Changers