Monday, February 17, 2014

Bubble Gum Research

An article in Forbes Magazine cites several research studies about how gum chewing can possibly increase alertness, improve memory, lower anxiety, and accomplish a host of other good things. Chewing gum before taking a test may help improve the result, apparently by stimulating the brain with increased blood flow. 
It's been a hectic several weeks with lots of writing practice. Students have been preparing for the district writing prompt. The focus has been descriptive writing.  Descriptive writing is an art form. It's painting a word picture so that the reader "sees" exactly what the writer is describing. Students have looked at various ways to "hook" the reader with catchy beginnings, figurative language, vivid verbs, adjectives, and writing components to “show not tell”. 
Today the student writing samples were delivered to central office and Room 100 celebrated because we didn't just write - -we were able to "blow the top off this writing assessment."

Thanks, Shannon, for the cute font.


  1. We just finished our state assessments last week and allowed the students to have either gum or a lemon drop because of the increased focus. We use mint gum since something in mint is also supposed to stimulate the brain. It seems like it really does make a difference in their's amazing!
    On the Trail of Learning

    1. I'll follow your lead and treat students to mint gum. We start our MAP year-end tests next month. "This researcher" learned bubble gum was fun for our writing class, but it would not be the best choice for a computer assessment test in lab. Thanks for sharing, Kay!