WHY? Drawing with guided practice andchoice in visual formats can increase readingengagement, comprehension, as well as creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
Drawing is Thinking• The hand focuses the mind• Focus = engagement = presence = mindfulness
Handmade Thinking as Engagement• Physical, emotional, mental engagement strategy made possible by drawing responses to literary and non-literary texts• Reading = presence
Introduction to Drawing
Examples of 8th Grade Middle Schoolstudents from Shelby CountySchools in Columbiana, Alabama.In response to a reading in theNuremberg Laws.
The assignment was to read the NuremburgLaws and put yourself in the place of a Jewishperson during that time.
Examples from St. John’sSchool, Houston, 8th grade Englishhttp://www.handmadethinking.com/?p=538
Examples from first-year collegestudents in response to a variety ofliterary and non-fiction texts.
Examples from English graduateclass on metaphor and thought.
Reflection on Individual and Collaborative Practices
TAKE AWAY Drawing with guided practice andchoice in visual formats can increase readingengagement, comprehension, as well as creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
Teaching Handmade Thinking as a Process1. Introduce visual and handmade thinking2. Show 21 formats and examples3. Introduce simple drawing strategies in response to “I can’t draw!”4. Students create first handmade responses5. Individual students share format selected6. Students share in small groups7. Teacher shows exemplary student examples8. Teacher nudges students into other formats9. Small groups assigned to create new response in new format
Simple Drawing Strategies Austin Kleon – a blog post Dave Gray – a video Sunni Brown – an article Sunni Brown – an R-rated video Ed Emberley – a video Brandy Agerbeck – a video