I attended an interesting conference yesterday with a variety of speakers. I took the chance to work in my sketchbook, adding some watercolor pencil to a few sketches, and drawing the conference attendees. Sometimes I am a better listener when I am working with my hands and other parts of my brain at the same time.
I have math students who like to doodle in class. Maybe their brains work as mine does. I check in with them to make sure they are hearing instruction and retaining the content. If so, they can doodle away. If not, I work with them to help them discern when to doodle and when to shift focus back to the class. I remember sitting at rigid attention in classes as a child. I wish doodling had been an option. How about you?