I’m pleased to be offering a pair of workshops in Eugene Ore this month on how to enhance instruction using visual thinking strategies. (hosts: Oregon Writers Project / STELLAR.)
In the workshops I will guide participants through practical examples of:
- VTS as a model for inquiry learning
- Teaching inquiry with documents
- Blending visual & critical thinking with literacy
Student critical thinking skills can be activated when students are guided in close reading of visual documents. Key questions include:
- What does it (image) say?
- How does it say it?
- What’s it mean to me?
Try it out yourself by comparing these two photographs (How I made this image blend)
I think visual literacy approach has application across the curriculum and grade levels. I’ve included a copy of the presentation handout. What do you see handout 4mb pdf
Here’s some more resources:
- How I used historical images to guide students through developing summarizing skills. Link
- Teacher Resource guides from the University of the Arts / Library of Congress Link
- “Five Card Flickr Stories” A great tool for building and narrating visual stories. Link
- “Which one does not belong” A growing collection of pattern recognition puzzles Link