Benefit Summary and Q&A with Teachers and Administrators
Benefits of Drawn To Discover:
1. Improves engagement
One benefit that teachers mention the most is how engaged students are! When Drawn To Discover is integrated into lessons, students are more interested in the subjects they are studying. The lessons provide background knowledge and help students make new connections in their learning.
2. Improves knowledge retention
Through drawing, Drawn To Discover uses a S.T.E.A.M approach with subject matter. Research has shown that this approach improves retention, expression, and creativity. Additionally, students are simultaneously developing their pencil grip, building fine muscle control, and improving neural pathway connectivity.
3. Facilitates individual learning for all needs
Drawn To Discover provides great opportunities for students who struggle in the classroom and those who learn differently. Individual access to Drawn to Discover through learning centers or enrichment activities provides students the opportunity to learn and develop at their own pace.
4. Encourages collaboration
In Drawn To Discover classrooms, teachers observe increased collaboration among students. Students help one another with their pencil grip, organization techniques, and subject matter.
5. Increases creativity and fun with learning
Students are excited when it is time for their Drawn To Discover lessons. They enjoy seeing their growth and improvement. With these increases in self-confidence and self-efficacy, comes a more positive approach to all learning.
What teachers want to know:
1. Is this product useful to me and my students?
Yes, classroom research has shown that Drawn To Discover lessons reinforce content knowledge and improve retention and comprehension.
2. Has this product worked in other classrooms?
Yes, the Drawn To Discover curriculum has been successfully implemented in classrooms for over 15 years. The Drawn To Discover platform is seeing the same success this academic year in over 30 schools in 16 districts across Michigan, Illinois, and California.
3. Is this product easy to implement?
Yes, the lessons are all available online. The videos can be projected for whole class instruction and they can be readily used on individual computers or tablets for small groups or individual learning. Ms. Wendy provides direct, explicit instruction allowing teachers to move about the room to facilitate learning, offering assistance to individuals, and more.
Lessons are aligned to Common Core standards so they are easily integrated into teacher lesson plans.
4. What can I do with this program that I can’t already do now?
We have 100’s of lessons to supplement your current lesson plans. Students are fully engaged for 45 minutes to an hour allowing you to move about the room to check for understanding, offer guidance, or provide assistance to students individually or in small groups.
5. Where can I read about case studies of other schools?
You can visit the website testimonials, read through our research on the site, or contact us.
6. Will it really make a difference and if so how?
Teachers who have used Drawn To Discover lessons on a weekly basis have witnessed many improvements with student performance including:
- Improved handwriting skills (legibility & fluency)
- Increased number of words and sentences in writing
- Increased attention to detail
- Fewer grammatical errors
7. I am afraid of losing control of the classroom.
Drawn To Discover has shown to do the exact opposite. Teachers overwhelmingly report that students are focused, engaged, and on task following along as Ms. Wendy leads the lesson. Indeed, after just a few lessons, students know how to prepare their work space and get ready for the lesson. In national survey, teachers reported many benefits from using the lessons in their classrooms and reported that the lessons:
- Teach useful knowledge and skills
- Are a good use of class time
- Keep students on task
- Are beneficial and enjoyable for students
What Administrators want to know:
1. How do I test it’s accountability?
Drawn to Discover lessons are designed to provide immediate feedback to both the student and teacher on performance and growth. Additionally, the curriculum has built-in formative and summative assessments to help teachers monitor progress.
2. How will it increase test scores and student success?
Research clearly demonstrates the link between handwriting and academic achievement – even in this increasingly digital age. Developing fine motor skills, self-regulation and attention, and emergent literacy and numeracy leads to improved outcomes for students academically, socially, and emotionally. Indeed, when attention, fine motor skills and general knowledge are grouped together, they are much stronger predictors for later math, reading and science achievement than early math and reading scores alone. Drawn To Discover lessons are designed to develop precisely these skills. Several studies have shown a clear link between weekly Drawn To Discover lessons and student achievement in the classroom and on standardized tests. You can read more about our research here (insert link).
3. How will it help teacher retention?
Drawn To Discover helps teachers in many ways.
- Provides flexibility: The lessons engage the students fully for 45 minutes to an hour allowing the teacher more flexibility with their role.
- Builds student capacity: The lessons develop requisite handwriting and literacy skills that have been shown to increase students’ legibility and amount of writing. Improved handwriting helps students keep up with coursework and makes it easier for teachers to assess progress (it’s much easier to see what a child has learned when you can actually read their writing).
- Easily integrated: When Drawn To Discover is integrated into the classroom, students are more interested in the subjects they are studying. The lessons provide background knowledge and help synthesize new learning. Moreover, this isn’t one more thing piled on for the teacher. The lessons are easily implemented and free up the teacher to focus on student needs.
- Increases job satisfaction: Drawn To Discover lessons build self-confidence and self-efficacy in students and they enjoy the lessons. When teachers have a classroom of happily engaged, self-confident students proud of their work and eager to learn more, it makes their job more enjoyable.
Builds teacher capacity: The seminal research of Dr. Steve Graham with writing achievement has shown that a vast majority of teachers (approx. 88%) don’t feel adequately trained to teach handwriting. Drawn To Discover lessons complement classroom teaching in a very efficient way. Teachers don’t need to spend time or money receiving extensive training. And, they can learn valuable information along with the students.
4. How much does it cost?
A site-based license costs $3,000 per school and provides login credentials for all required educators for 1 year. The proper materials to support the program, including Triconderoga Tri-Write pencils, a sharpener, a box of Crayola 64 crayons, organizational supplies, and more, can be purchased for an additional per student price. Please submit an RFP for full district pricing or special needs.
What Educators are Saying
How do Drawn to Discover lessons compare to other methods of teaching handwriting skills?
- The method is well taught.
- Much better and more engaging
- I like that it works on pencil grip.
- I am currently using the preschool lessons with my kindergarten class. I like how letter formation and sound is incorporated into each lesson.
- Much better and more engaging
- They are more focused on handwriting and skills needed to improve their handwriting
- More engaging
- Better because it is fun practicing handwriting through drawing!
- More engaging, teaches art skills too.
“When I used to teach second and third grade, I would have been very pleased if I had second graders coming into my classroom doing work that (now) my kindergarteners are exiting with at the end of the year…” -Sandy, Teacher from South Haven, MI
After teaching the lessons, what do you think is the biggest benefit to students?
- They practice good penmanship and learn basic visual art skills, like blending colors too.
- I think they have been paying better attention to their pencil grip and it is an engaging way for them to practice
- following directions, focus and concentration as well
- Following directions and seeing the result of their listening skills.
- It’s not just copying or tracing, but them learning they are in control and can do it!
- More attention to fine motor skills and attention to details
- Pencil grip and fine motor skills
- Neatness and confidence
“So many teachers were ‘oozing’ with enthusiasm. Two separate teachers shared samples of their special education students and how their Occupational Therapists couldn’t believe the progress the kids had made! It is affecting everyone!” -Joanne, Teacher from Poway, CA