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Taking Time to Daydream

Recently, I’ve realized that there are more articles coming out about the positive notes to what I call, ‘fidgety energy.’ From letting students sit on bouncy balls, doodling, playing with erasers, to twirling pencils; all of these forms of ‘fidgety energy’ are becoming increasingly popular to write about. Below, is another such example – that of how daydreaming is good for you.

It makes me wonder about the implications of this. One, as schools and states have an increasingly difficult time in determining their financial budgets for the new school year, 2009-2010, one thing is certain – class sizes are going to increase. Will our schools realize the value of allowing their students to daydream, doodle, or integrate their ‘fidgety energy’? Or will they have to “crack down” on students who aren’t completely engaged in each moment of their lessons? It’s a serious issue to ponder, daydream about even; because the effects of something like this are yet to be determined.


Daydreaming is good for you

Daydreaming is often viewed as a sign of laziness or a lack of seriousness, but a new study says that’s a bad rap. Using a magnetic resonance imaging machine to study brain activity, University of British Columbia neuroscientists found that when a person begins daydreaming, there’s a lot of activity in regions of gray matter dedicated to high-level thought and complex problem-solving. “People assume that when the mind wanders away it just gets turned off,” researcher Kalina Christoff tells LiveScience.com. “But we show the opposite, that when it wanders, it turns on.” The average person spends as much as a third of his or her waking hours in reverie. During that time, we may not be paying attention to the meeting or class we’re in, she says. “But your mind may be taking that time to address more important questions in your life, such as advancing your career or personal relationships.”

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