by Tina Antonelli
(Danielsville, PA, USA)
My youngest son is a doodler....in class! He would never sit down to just draw, but put him in class, and he will come up with the most gorgeous art work on his classwork!
In elementary school, this distressed many a teacher, and bewildered them as well, because whenever they would call on him, he was always on task! They could not understand how he seemed to be zoning out, but was always on top of what was going on in class. He always got excellent grades, also.
One year, he had a teacher that told me that she had done some research just that summer on doodlers. It turns out that when some children doodle, it allows them to concentrate better and focus on what is going on in the classroom. That was definitely the case with Tony.
Moral to this story, if you have a child that doodles in class, tell the teachers that it helps them to focus better, and don't forget to frame some of that beautiful 'class work'!