A recent study proved that doodling actually INCREASES focus and the ability to recall new information. With these color-it-in, doodle-friendly note methods, your students can use their colored pencils and the right side of their brains, and then remember key vocabulary, math examples, and new concepts more easily.
Benefits of the "Doodle Note" Strategy:
Students are so engaged with these, and they love this structure. It's so neat to see and hear the connections that stick in their brains. You can truly see the learning and memory benefits at work when students say, "Yeah! I remember when you said that as I was doing little dots around the word "midpoint" and I wrote that formula right in the corner with my orange pen! That's how I remembered it on the test!"
Added bonuses include:
- relaxation and decreased math anxiety
- super engaged students
- excitement about "customizing" the page (They LOVE doodle days!)
- an end result that they want to pull out, show off, and reference as a study tool as much as possible because they are so proud of it
- stronger retention, leading to higher test scores
- brain boosts in other areas, such as creativity & problem solving
I've got free downloads for you to try to see how amazing these are at keeping students focused and engaged. The right brain / left brain crossover is so important in math class!
Why Visual Note-Taking Works:
The student brain processes text information separately from visual input. When we can combine the two, we activate the neural pathways that allow new information to more easily be transferred into long-term memory.
This principle is called Dual Coding Theory, and is one of the biggest reasons that the doodle note strategy leads to stronger retention of lesson material.
Learn More About the Brain Benefits:
These additional articles and downloads will guide you through getting started with doodle notes! There are more free resources, tips for implementation, and more!
First, check out these two articles on Dual Coding theory, which supports this approach to teaching by blending text and images through visual note taking. It turns out that this is a more accurate theory than the popular "learning styles" philosophy.
Dive in to learn about why learning styles are not actually such a valid theory to teach from, and how to use dual coding, which brain research points to as a stronger model of how student brains process information:
Then, explore more articles, a free handbook for getting started with doodle notes in your own classroom. If you teach math, you can also shop for pre-made doodle note sets for math concepts.
Click the images for links!
For more about the brain benefits and research, be sure to check out doodlenotes.org as well!
Want to hear from teacher who are using the doodle note strategy each day in their own classrooms? Head to the "in the classroom" page that I have compiled there to read firsthand testimonials, tips, and tricks for implementing this method successfully.
If you are hoping to dive right in, there are a lot of options. You can get pre-made math sets here in my printables shop, or you can learn to create your own with training, templates, and graphics provided for you in the Doodle Note Club. If you want to keep it simple, just try some templates or DIY sticker sets for a low-prep quick start.
Enter your email in the box below to receive the free doodle note set on quadrilaterals. Give it a try in your classroom. (Or, if you teach another subject, head to my TPT shop to check out the free DIY doodle note sticker set - they work for any lesson and allow students to convert any blank notebook page into a doodle note page easily!)
4/29/2016 02:44:00 am
How did you learn to make doodle notes? I'd like to make some aligned to the 7th grade ccss, but I don't know where to begin.
4/29/2016 06:14:06 pm
5/24/2016 09:13:06 am
Do you use a certain program? My students love these.
12/12/2016 05:30:48 pm
I now have a site to help with this (video training, templates, etc.) for those who want to make their own!
5/1/2016 08:57:09 pm
5/2/2016 08:54:01 am
5/4/2016 03:06:23 pm
I love this idea! I teach high school English, and I'm thinking I'll spend some time experimenting with this over the summer for things like grammar and poetry terms and such. Thanks for posting about it!
5/5/2016 07:36:00 am
You're welcome. Thanks so much, Tamara! I hope your students love this once you put some together. Enjoy! :)
5/11/2016 12:23:33 pm
I love these for my notebooks! I blogged about my experience using them here. http://mathdyal.blogspot.com/2016/05/making-notes-fun.html
5/12/2016 07:29:07 pm
Super cool!! I love seeing your students' work samples. Awesome! :) Thanks so much, Amanda!
5/22/2016 11:34:56 am
how would you use this doodle notes in class? would you fill out in class as a teaxher fill in on the board? do you use this as summary... or hOmewokr? I would like to know how you would introduce effectively
5/23/2016 01:41:28 pm
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5/26/2016 02:39:02 pm
I love these! You do all of these sheets using PowerPoint? I have an Accounting Class that I would love to make some of these for. Thank you!
5/26/2016 03:10:58 pm
5/31/2016 10:38:05 pm
GENIUS! GENIUS! GENIUS! GENIUS! I seriously can not put into words how perfectly amazing this is! Thank you so much for creating and sharing these!
6/2/2016 06:58:00 pm
Aww thanks so much, Tamar! :) I really appreciate hearing this. Glad you're loving them!
6/1/2016 02:34:40 pm
Is there a way to pay/download all of the doodle notes at once for Algebra and Geometry? Not page by page? Thank you
6/2/2016 06:57:04 pm
6/4/2016 08:01:09 am
Do you have a package price for groups of your doodle notes?
6/5/2016 07:46:40 pm
6/13/2016 11:30:39 am
Hola, me gustaría saber si vendes doodle notes editables, para poder hacer las traducciones al español.
6/13/2016 01:03:32 pm
6/22/2016 12:51:32 am
I'm already subscribed to your web-site and I'd really like the quadrilateral and classify it doodle notes. Can I get them somewhere?
6/22/2016 07:10:31 pm
7/6/2016 05:30:37 am
7/6/2016 11:29:49 am
I have entered my email, name, etc. so that I can try to purchase/use the Math Doodle materials, but it just keeps kicking me back to subscribe. It's becoming very frustrating. I love what I've seen of the materials & think that they would be great to use with my students, but I'm about to pull my hair out by the roots trying to do this! Help!???
7/6/2016 05:32:03 pm
7/10/2016 09:11:46 am
I would like to view the doodle notes you have available for free downloads/purchases. Can you please let me know how to access this information? I am so excited to explore this idea!!
7/11/2016 08:40:56 am
8/2/2016 04:01:46 pm
I LOVE these! I cannot wait to try them this year, do you take requests??? ;-) A Special Right Triangles page would round out my collection! Thank you for making these and making them available!
8/3/2016 02:49:50 pm
Hi Katie, thanks so much!
8/2/2016 09:23:48 pm
Do you offer the math doodle notes in a bundle at a discounted price? I love the idea of these! They don't seem expensive per piece but do add up quickly when you'd like them all. I'm a homeschool mom which means I only have 3 students, not full classrooms . . . Thanks!
8/3/2016 02:52:06 pm
8/5/2016 03:27:21 pm
I thought I had seen a syllabus doodle notes. I can't find it. Or did I just imagine that. Lol.
8/5/2016 08:11:57 pm
8/12/2016 09:13:21 pm
I teach science and was wondering if you had anything on graphing (dependent, independent, etc.)?
8/13/2016 03:44:59 pm
8/17/2016 06:34:15 am
I LOVE these! Thank you so much!!!!
9/2/2016 10:09:21 pm
Thank you so much! :)
10/7/2016 09:13:12 am
Is there a program or site that you use to get your images and fonts? I teach a computer science course and I think these would be FANTASTIC for them!
10/8/2016 11:27:24 pm
1/21/2017 03:32:22 pm
I'd like to purchase some of your doodle notes to use with my students. Do you sell any of them as a bundle, either by unit or grade level? On TPT I've only been able to find individual ones so far.
1/22/2017 06:56:33 pm
6/14/2017 12:26:22 pm
These look amazing! I homeschool my autistic son and I am thinking this would be a great way to do math in the coming school year. He'll be in "5th" grade.
6/15/2017 10:47:56 am
9/15/2017 11:21:53 am
Do you have a bundle for your doodle notes or do you have to purchase them separately?
9/15/2017 07:35:18 pm
7/27/2018 11:03:23 am
How do you have students store their doodle notes? Do you have them glue into a notebook or store in a binder? thanks
7/28/2018 07:21:53 am
8/10/2018 12:31:04 pm
Hi Brigid, I am looking for Doodle Notes for square and cube roots, operations with scientific notation, patterns/sequences, and rational/irrational numbers. I cannot find them individually...are they included in a bundle? Thanks, Sheree
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9/7/2019 08:32:20 pm
I am a doctoral candidate and was wondering if this method of teaching and learning for college mathematics instructors has been researched? That is, is there proof that using these tools assist students to retain the knowledge and learn more than students who do not use this method? Just curious or is it just for fun? I am actually interested in researching something along these lines. Please contact me. Thanks you and what a wonderful idea you have here.
9/9/2019 10:39:45 am
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I am interested in buying a large quantity of the financial literacy book. Do you have bulk/wholesale pricing? Thanks!
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Hi, thanks for sharing this
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