I was reading Mental Floss the other day and I came across this article:
I thought this might be an interesting video to show my students. I feel as if imagination has been put on the back burner with all the new technology our kids have access to.
Whenever we read a new story/novel the kids ask if it is a movie. They want to see it acted out for them because they can't use their imaginations to visualize the words that were presented to them.
When I do artistic activities in class the students always ask me to show them a picture of this or that so they can copy/trace it rather than imagine their own images.
Cheating has run rampant the last few years because they all want to copy one another rather than have original thoughts.
Essays and descriptive writing have been going downhill as well because of this lack of imagination.
I talk to them all the time about the importance of imagination and how much fun it can be!
Now I can show them that using your imagination can be scientifically proven to help you improve.
I have a lot of after school sport players so maybe I can also tie in the idea that coaches always tell them to visualize their games before they play and the same can be done with studying/assignments/quizzes!