This is for a few reasons:
- By making the last question of a quiz/test a random dinosaur drawing, it helps them to relax a bit and maybe remember the answer to that question that was just beyond their recall.
- By making the last question of a quiz/test a random dinosaur drawing, it forces them to slow down a bit rather than rushing through - and more likely to look back over their answers before considering themselves finished.
- By making the last question/part of an assignment a random dinosaur drawing, it forces them to slow down a bit rather than rushing through - and more likely to look back over their work before considering themselves finished.
- They enjoy it. Even the ones who complain about it are quick to point out in disappointed fashion when I don't include a required dinosaur drawing.
- The shared experience of absurdity draws them closer together - there is actual research on the shared experience of absurdity, check it out people!
- It makes the course more memorable (remember that child development teacher we had freshman year who always made us draw dinosaurs?).
- And of course, my own personal amusement!
All this to introduce one of my favorite dinosaur drawings of the past school year:
I love when they draw me! How great is that?
It's also nice to know that clearly I strike terror into the hearts of all, even dinosaurs. Love the look on this dino's face.
And now that I've drawn you in (hopefully), here's a little TED talk on that shared experience of absurdity research - watch it! Trust me, it's worth it!