When my son was in second grade, his teachers had him keep a doodle notebook. The kids were allowed/encouraged to use their doodle notebooks whenever the teachers were reading aloud. My son’s doodle notebook is exquisite and one of my favorite possessions, but more than that it helped him focus on the delivery of new material. It may sound a little crazy but look at these findings as reported in the Washington Post:
“Researchers think doodling may help boost concentration and recall in one, or both, of two ways. It might prevent us from sliding fully into day-dreaming mode, keeping us anchored in a concrete activity. Doodling might also help us maintain just the right level of mental “arousal” that keeps our brains just interested enough to gather what we need from a conversation or phone call.” Findings from this study indicate marked improvements in recall by participants who were doodling over those who were not. Read the Washington Post article.
So go ahead keep doodling. And if you are looking for a little inspiration, check these out: