So back to the doodles...As I was working with these teachers I had a group of art teachers that were having a hard time coming up with ideas for the tools introduced, so we started talking and came up with an idea to have students create their own About the Artist posters using whatever digital tool they wanted. Then the students would use a QR code creator to create a QR code for their About the Artist for the art show. The teachers were very excited about this idea and then asked if it was okay because this idea didn't fit under any of the creativity tools discussed. My response was simply are the students creating something? Is there an audience that they will be sharing this with?
My science and math teachers were my doodlers, I was sitting in on a conversation where a teacher had purchased a doodle sheet on mass and volume. This sheet was full of different doodles pertaining to the topic and on the back there were questions that related to either mass or volume. All of the answers to those questions could be found in the doodle on the front and she then went on to explain she makes copies of these sheets and gives them to her students to work through (AHA moment sets in). I asked her if she ever thought about having her enriched class create these type of sheets for her other classes? (LIGHT BULB) This type of activity promotes a much deeper level of thinking than just solving problems from the doodle. Now the students must not only create this doodle but they have to think about questions pertaining to the topic AND how to represent the answers in the doodle. "I love this!" was her response! "How excited will my students be to try and do something like this." Then the face fell and she became worried because it wasn't integrating technology. I said right now let's focus on promoting the deeper level thinking (the higher order thinking skills). With this activity the students are not just solving problems they are analyzing, applying, and creating - that in of itself is huge. We came to the conclusion however that she would offer students the option to use a technology tool if they wanted. Some of the students who are into the graphic design aspect and use those digital tools may love to create this using technology, others who want to stick with paper can but we are still forcing these students to think on a much different level than possibly they've been use to!
My next stop is to figure out how to combine this with art, how amazing would that tie in be?