Currently, the book The Simple Guide to the Writing Process is in a revision process for an upcoming edition. One of the interesting additions to the new version is instruction on how to use sticky notes to create movable graphic organizers for kinesthetic learners.
Kinesthetic learners are people who need to touch things, move around, and physically alter objects to learn can use this method to their advantage.
New to the upcoming revision of The Simple Guide to the Writing Process
Some people have to touch things to understand them. If you have ever been a person who learns by doing, working with your hands, or moving your body to learn, you may be a kinesthetic learner. These are people who become the mechanics, ballerinas, and soccer stars of the world. They learn by moving, whether that means moving their bodies or moving other objects.
These people tend to enjoy being able to move objects around during their brainstorming and organizing process as well. For them, the ability to move their ideas physically helps them to process information and problem solve.
To demonstrate how to brainstorm and plan for these learners, we will use sticky notes to brainstorm and plan a narrative.
In the image, we used sticky notes so that each note would hold one idea from the young writer. A young person may brainstorm fewer ideas overall for a story than an older writer, so six ideas in the brainstorm may be plenty. Kinesthetic learners can benefit from using sticky notes or notecards because they can be shifted around to fit any pattern or organization.
Notice that this plan is a restructured version of the brainstorm. If these were physical sticky notes, the writer could move them around for the best organization. This process is fun and appealing to kinesthetic learners because they have the chance to use their hands and move while learning. This can increase their enjoyment with the writing process and help them to write more.
For kinesthetic learners, being able to move ideas around physically can make all the difference in creating a successful writing process. If you are a kinesthetic learner or know one, offer them this suggestion to allow them to move during the writing process.
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