“A Use of Time”

Article by Wesley Sonheim 

As the hours pass in a classroom, students often get lost in their own little daydreaming world. It is a constant struggle for a teacher to keep her students engaged in class. One solution uses a technique that many teachers would believe causes the problem: doodling. Doodling in class improves a student’s ability to recall information obtained in class and reduces the number of tardy counts.

When a student doodles while the teacher is speaking, he or she is combining the portion of the drawing to the sound of the teacher. For instance, say the teacher is declaring “the human body has two-hundred-and-eight bones.” The sound is traveling into their brain and “mixing” with the visual input of the drawing. Every time the see the drawing they will remember the moment the instructor said it. Therefore, they will remember the fact that “the human body has two-hundred-and-eight bones” because it is fused with the picture, almost like notes.

Furthermore, this “doodling” technique can greatly diminish tardies. Students will be eager to get to class and will therefore get to class on time. As for me, I would move at my fastest if it meant I could work on my dungeons and  dragons map! Naturally, this would only work for the kids who don’t get to class just because they don’t care. However, for kids like me it wouldn’t work. We already try our hardest.

In conclusion, drawing can help kids to remember facts and come to class with promptness. Honestly this may not be the complete solution, but is it good to only express information with a computer like fashion? We should express it in an unorthodox way like drawing. What we are doing now has no creativity!

A persuasive essay by Wesley Sonheim (when in 7th grade)