Friday, 11 May 2018

Visual Strategies for learning - Donna (CoL)

Donna's blog.

Why use visual aids?

  • improves understandings
  • encourages independence
  • helps with generalisation
  • reduces anxiety
  • minimises problem behaviour
  • provide support for communication
  • provide structure or predictability to help with thinking
  • act as a motivator to reinforce social meaning
  • lets the child know what is going to happen
  • shows the sequence of events
  • provides predicability
Visuals can be
  • words
  • photos
  • symbols - board making, writing with symbols
  • drawings
  • pictures
  • objects
  • checklist
  • lists
  • indicates what needs to be done and in what otder
  • provide information about what is going to happen
  • this helps to provide predictability and to help students understand routines which is an extremely important part of reducing stress
examples of social stories

Rules and routines
  • using a visual to SHOW students what they should look like when they should be 'listening'
  • timers - "in 5 minutes"
Break Cards
  • a card that can be handed to an adult when they feel stressed
  • or the adult can hand it too the student when they feel a break is needed, especially to pre-empt an outburst
  • these are individualised, depending on the student
Visual aids for learning
  • Visual aids are the devices that help the teacher to clarify, establish, and correlate and co-ordinate precise conceptions understandings and appreciations and support him to make learning more actual, active, motivating, encouraging, significant and glowing. 
Proper use of visual aids helps to retain more concept permanently.
  • Students can study well when they are inspired properly through different visual aids.
  • Visual aids grow the accurate image when the students see and hear properly. 
  • Visual aids provide complete example for conceptual thinking.
  • Visual aids create the environment of interest for the students. 
  • Visual aids helps to increase the vocabulary of the students. 
  • Visual aids helps the teacher to get sometime and make learning permanent. 
  • Visual aids provide direct experience to the students. 

  • smiley face marking
Story planners

Building vocabulary
  • use pictures to support the vocabulary students are learning because they might know the meaning, but might have forgotten the word. It gives them access back into the word.
Time tables and labels

Regular activities in the classroom
Language starters
  • E.g. talk moves, reciprocal reading, sentence frames

Directions and learning goals

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