We all know that writing is good for learning. But, did you know how good it is for your student’s brains?
Here are 3 ways that writing benefits your brain!
1. It builds memory.
Use journalling for post-lesson recaps, summaries of projects or just stream-of consciousness recall. Flipping through this journal occasionally will build memory of not only lessons, but ways to remember.
Also, consider this: allowing student to clear their minds by writing before diving into the day’s work prepares them for the path ahead. Its a palate primer!
2. It solidifies knowledge from other subjects.
When you have your students write, you’re not just teaching them writing. Our brains thrive on synthesis and problem-solving. When students can connect whatever you are teaching to something else, and hypothosize solutions, their brains light up!
Judy Willis, neuroscientist and teacher-consultant, says this:
“Isolated skill practice is contrary to the brain’s instinct to preserve its energy, because the brain does not tend to have the expectation of pleasure in such learning environments. On the other hand, when students know information will be used to create solutions to problems that interest them or to create products they want to create, that is when the brain predicts pleasure and applies efforts to achieve the desirable goal.”
So, skip the boring drill practice and focus your students on a goal! Even, better, have them write about it afterwards.
3. Writing by hand activates learning all over the brain.
When students jot down a list, write a few thoughts, or create something new through pen and paper, they are bringing a host of benefits to their brains.
Using hand-to-paper writing (the old-fashioned way) engages more of the brain than typing or texting. Let this be one of the few places where your students stretch those muscles and use handwriting to express, reflect, and engage.
Enjoy the brain-based learning techniqes just from writing! Sharpen those pencils and get moving!