Crystal Smallwood – 2016-2017
Listen and Doodle
October 2016 Presentation:
Tell Me, I Forget. Show Me, I Remember. Involve me, I Understand. – Chinese Proverb.
Children learn in different ways. Some learn by watching, some by listening and others by doing. This innovative grant will provide some materials to help address all types of learners. Many school libraries across the country are redesigning the school media centers to accommodate 21st learners. A makerspace (Listen & Doodle) center will be set up in the school library where students may listen to audiobooks and draw/sketch at the same time. Some children have to be moving in order to comprehend a new skill. Students who have difficulty reading printed text will have the opportunity to listen to audiobooks on their interest level rather than their reading level. The goal is to level the playing field for them regardless of their reading level. Students who need to write out their thoughts or even doodle while listening to something will have the opportunity in this center. An example: A student is listening to a book about the parts of a flower. While listening, they can draw a diagram of a flower, labeling the parts. Someone who is listening to a book about earthquakes might sketch out the different layers of the earth. The mini-grant will provide a listening center (wireless bluetooth capability, mp3, cd, records, and cassettes) with 8 headphones, two mini i-pads with protective cases, coloring pencils, markers and reams of manila art/drawing paper. Students who are more productive working as partners or in groups will be able to use the audio splitter cables provided by this grant to listen to stories, non-fiction, music and podcasts together. Students will be able to work individually and in small groups here sharing creative ideas and projects. I am so excited to be getting the materials to set up this much-needed center in the school library.