The important thing in learning is connecting concepts with phenomena in daily
life. The ability to reflect on your experiences, thinking, mental disposition helps in building metacognitive skill or deeper thinking skills. The change in our environment and its impact on our thinking is worth documenting. This is a historic period we are living through so what better time for children to start creating something that could be of potential value in times to come or simply a part of their family history.
Developing metacognitive skills are important in students because they help to monitor
cognitive activities, such as planning, monitoring, and evaluating their feelings and emotions during this time. Practicing metacognitive skills can be done using learning strategies such as, creating a storyboard. This can be a free-thinking activity for students or a purposeful one. The choice is yours.
The Great British Creativity Test research led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, states that there are three main ways we use creativity as coping mechanisms to control our emotions. You can read more about it here.
- A distraction tool– Using creativity to avoid stress
- A Contemplation tool– Using creativity to give us a mind space to re-evaluate
- A means of self development to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence.
What do you need to create a visual story board?
It is very simple indeed. All that is required is some old magazines, newspapers, quotes, perhaps pictures and some doodles that you, can draw. The other supporting material can be, sketch pens, markers, glue, pair of scissors, general stationary items and paper. Any type of paper will do. But a thicker variety like a drawing sheet or poster paper may be a bit better. And yes, loads of imagination!
How to create a story board?
Start going through old magazines, books, newspapers and cut out the pictures that you like. Remember to also cut out the titles or bold text of articles. They make for a good calligraphy shout outs. Let your mind be free and get as imaginative as you like. It is about what catches your eye at this time, what you feel and what you wish to document. Once you have cut out some pictures, quotes, taglines, create a thumbnail.
Create a thumbnail
This is the place-mat of what your final board will look like. Here you are basically looking at how you want the story to flow on your board. Should that be like a flowchart? Radial, starting from the center and then moving outwards, top to bottom, left to right, timeline format etc. Once you decide the layout and place your cutout pictures, with a pencil mark the space where you would like to draw your doodles or practice your calligraphy skills by writing the quotes that you like. Once you are satisfied with your complete layout, click a picture of it for your reference.
Now you are ready to go! Start sticking the pictures as planned and adding your quotes to the drawing sheet. Try layering and use multimedia like paint, colored pencils, crayons etc. Remember to sign off with the date when you completed your story board.
The, research further says that getting creative is good for our emotion and mental well being. Trying out something new and creative is important regardless of skill level, it is the taking part that counts.
What better time then to try your hand at some creativity, but now.