|NEW ZEALAND'S EDUCATION
Doodling in class is traditionally frowned upon by teachers, but it could be the key to success, an international author says.
Patti Dobrowolski, a United States-based consultant and author, made the claim during the New Zealand Principals' Federation Conference.
She believes drawing is the key to improving memory and focus on goals, and should be incorporated into the classroom.
Studies showed pictures aided memory, and hanging a picture of the end goal on the wall would give pupils and staff a clear result to work towards, she said.
Teachers could get pupils to draw personal or school goals, and principals could do the exercise with other staff and board members to plan for the school's future.
Drawing pictures was useful for goal-setting but would also help kinesthetic learners in other subjects, she said.
"I would have got into so much trouble [drawing in class], but it's actually really good for learning."
Principals put the process to the test, creating their own visual plans and even drawing selfies during yesterday's workshop.
Hundreds of educators from throughout the country were in Invercargill for the annual conference, which wraps up today.
- The Southland Times September 26th 2014