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Reply to "Article: In Defense of Doo-dads and Clucking Chickens (and other teaching methods Jesus wouldn't recognize)"

Thanks Amy!

Lots left unsaid, but hopefully at least a discussion starter.

 

re: Doodads as dust collectors.

We have dust collectors around my house, and can tell you the story behind every one of them. There's a touch-fiddlewith component to doodads that help focus the mind and create/retrieve memories. Its why we give toys to babies....because their mind will immediately focus on it, and focusing is a precursor to learning.  For the same reason, I learn better when I can see or touch it.  You'd think "toys" in an ADHD world would seem like a great idea.

 

If it's true that a picture truly is worth a thousand words, then teaching through pictures (seeing, creating, dramatizing) is a great way to PUT a thousand words in the mind.  

 

Come of think of it.... Music is a kind of doo-dad as well. My daughters still remember the music that the mechanical car played next to the cluckin chicken and it brings back a lot of fond feelings.

Guess who likes the idea of Doodads/music/media/art/drama/food/games as "earworms."

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