When I was a student (let's just say, a while back), I often worried that it didn't look like I was listening to the teacher - because I really didn't look l was listening to the teacher. My eyes were on my page and I was moving my pens furiously across my page - but, honest, Miss, my EARS were listening and I WAS learning.
Research seems to say so:
Sunni Brown's TED talk
Globe & Mail article
Time Magazine article - Doodling helps you pay attention
Oprah.comWhy Doodling Is Important“ I Draw Pictures All Day” by Alma Hoffmann
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE:)...
People who doodle are smart - they pay more attention and remember things better than those who do not doodle. That's the scientific result of a study done by Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth and published by the magazine Applied Cognitive Psychology. The test also showed that fidgeting has the same positive effect. So the next time you're doodling during a meeting — or twirling a pencil or playing with your hair in class and you hear the teacher ask "Are you paying attention," you can say in truth that you have heard every word! Read more & watch a video!