Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Visual Literacy

I am reading a great book for a class I am taking. The book is Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn, by Lynell Burmark. I highly recommend it to anyone (including teachers) who is giving presentations. The book contains many practical suggestions about visually enhancing presentations to make them more effective.

What I was reading tonight concerned charts, graphs, and diagrams. She gives some ideas for incorporating graphs and charts into the content areas. These would be great ideas for interdisciplinary lessons!

When teaching Macbeth, divide the class into groups and ask each group to decide the percentage of blame for killing Duncan. Create a pie graph and make an oral presentation to the class defending the graph.

Graph the factors that might account for South's success in the early part of the Civil War despite having only 30% of all troops.

Students can take a photograph and overlay it with a transparent grid. Transfer to grid paper, copying square by square. Enlarge the drawing to cover a larger surface.

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Love the concept of visual/thematic learning. As a middle school math teacher for 7 years, I have embedded math problems into rich, beautiful stories and have found students love to SEE what they are learning. Please check out imagineeducation.org and kosjourney.com as I am bringing one of these stories on-line for teachers.

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