Mind mapping is an innovative tool for all learners to use visual cues for processing and remembering information. This free online class gives teachers access to a number of strategies that they could use in their classrooms. One of the best features of this video is that teachers can select what they want to learn, bypass certain slides, take notes, or merely read the information and use it to enhance instruction. All of this can be done whenever the teacher has free time.
Students love taking online quizzes to learn about themselves. This simple questionnaire helps students learn what type of learner they are. I use the results during student-teacher conferences. I like to ask my students how they want me to address their specific learning style in class. Due to the emergence of the Internet in daily life, students are definitely more savvy with obtaining information from visual and audio sources.
This article has great instructional tips for visual learners. I did not incorporate all of these visual teaching strategies into my classroom instruction and once I started using them, my students were more engaged with the content.
Do you know about graphic organizers? If you need a quick summary on what they are, this short video will demonstrate how graphic organizers can be used to differentiate your instruction and assessment.
I love this resource because it show different types of graphic organizers and explains how they an be used in the classroom. I used several of the ideas to help reluctant learners and students with special needs. I also incorporated the idea of visual aids/graphic organizers with my highest level students. They were thrilled to design their own graphic organizers instead of writing traditional essays to demonstrate their learning.