First I was able to hear a keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth Wesson, speak about creativity. He said many things that stuck in my mind...like the fact that multitasking and stress is going to kill us!!! More importantly he spoke about the connections between art and science.
Did you know that every major scientist has a connection to some type of art - whether it be playing a musical instrument, painting, drawing, even dance or acting???
It's a brain connection!
You may have heard this recently...we are leaving the information age and entering the innovative age. Creativity is back in style! He said that one of the biggest problems in our society and classrooms is that kids don't play anymore. And...either do adults by the way! If you have been teaching as long as I have you may remember the term purposeful play...guess what? That's back in style!!!
Dr. Wesson told us that the best way to make connections in the brain and retain information is through drawing and creating....which was validating to those of us who encourage the art of drawing in our classrooms.
How can we do this? Diagrams, representations in our journals, posters, dioramas, etc...
"If I can't picture it, I can't understand....."
Here is how I took notes in my grad school classes....there is a lot to be said for that idea of drawing to help you remember and understand.
I have many other thoughts running through my mind, but this was the most important one that I felt I needed to share.
Much more to come this week!