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Why teachers should use drawings while teaching

by Pragati Soni October 20, 2021
Why teachers should draw while teaching by Piyuesh Modi

Ever since the travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus, classroom teachers across schools and community have had new challenges to overcome. Not only do they need to learn new software, but they also have to understand its features before they impart knowledge in class discussions.

Feel like your class can use a performance upgrade? Keep reading!

In such situations, it adds more responsibility on the teacher and schools, how quickly they adapt to virtual mode teaching practice to get students’ attention across class sizes and make the student learning experience a little less boring too!

Teacher is teaching students on a zoom call

Culturally responsive teaching practice (also called culturally relevant teaching) is a method of imparting knowledge that recognizes the importance of including cultural references as a part of the student learning process.

In the traditional teaching style, the teacher is the subject matter expert who follows the curriculum strictly to ensure knowledge transfer among students. This curriculum supports standardized tests to track impact on student progress.

Well, the times have changed.

In the remote learning classroom of today, every student irrespective of schools or colleges they belong comes with their own resources and experience. So, it is necessary to customize teaching methods that focus on enhancing student attention and effective learnings.

Apart from this, the curriculum should also throw light on the social context by large.

Want to try it out before going full-scale? Well, here are some on-point headers that will definitely help you!

Visualizing Scientific Knowledge will always be a smart move

A guy in blue visualizing ideas in mind

Of course, not everyone who is sitting in your class is an Einstein. Every student is unique, and so is their way of understanding the concepts you want to teach.

Due to different grasping power, every student has their own student performance chart which is different from their peers. For overcoming this gap of current understanding, visual notes are a preferred strategy by most effective teachers worldwide.

If you are worried that your schools and student performance, then visualization can be a game-changer!

As we said above, every student understands differently (if you’ve watched Kung Fu Panda, you’ll know what we mean). Thus, as a teacher, your techniques for teaching should be visually attractive and easy to understand which catches students attention and stays in their memory for a long. However, visualization is something everyone knows how to do.

Through visualization, students will relate to knowledge much better. They’ll understand its applications and real-life examples with no difficulty!

Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Still new to visual methods of teaching? Here are a few tips to help you along the way!

Guy in yellow creating visual note on black board

Let students design learning aids

Many learning aids help students learn a topic better. Instead of buying or printing posters, or charts, ask students to create them. That way, they will get a medium to unleash their creative side while learning information.

Let students make their notebooks friendly

Do not let students take notes to rote them down later. Push them to be creative. Allow them to combine their information with drawings, diagrams, and charts in whatever way they like.

Help them Visualize Data

You can never go wrong with asking students to collect, analyze, and present data in visual form. This will deepen their understanding of a topic. There are many ways this can be applied. Some of them are, visualizing concepts in math, analyzing classical literature, and exploring science concepts diagrammatically.

Culturally Responsive V.S. Traditional Teaching Methods

Culturally Responsive Techniques are far more effective than the Traditional Method of ‘Hear and Write’. Imagine that you are a student. You are given the option to write proper lines during note-taking (like children currently do) or have a mix of headers and doodles. What would you choose? Isn’t it obvious?

Not only Culturally Responsive Techniques let you unleash your creative side during teaching, but they also keep your students engaged and connected to the topic. Students feel a positive impact when you teach them, which is so connected to their real-life experiences. That gets them fired up to stay focused and positive-minded during lectures!

Another plus most teachers forget about visual note-taking is that any concept can be easily understood when you link it to a drawing that conveys an emotion. On the other hand, if we consider a line of information, that won’t be very easy to recall. This difference in time and clarity is what separates the average students from the achievers.

Visual Notes activate the prior knowledge of the student 

A guy in yellow trying to remember next step on the bar chart

They make it very convenient for a student to revise. If they need to link a new concept to one that has been previously taught, visual notes enable them to do that perfectly. That too, in seconds!

It is scientifically verified that associating a piece of information with an object makes it much easier and quicker to memorize. This is why students remember movie plots more easily than textbook chapters.

By looking at a doodle or illustrations students drew or noticed earlier, they will remember the entire concept almost immediately! This is helpful during last-minute revisions.

Try to encourage students to activate their child’s brain

This is the essence of visual note-taking and something every teacher should keep in mind. Students relate to something the most when they find similarities between the pieces of information and real-life knowledge.

At times, students are shy to illustrate something using their drawing skills or in any other way. This is where your encouragement comes in. As a teacher, you can always encourage students to doodle something out when they feel hesitant.

Three friends learning and helping each other

By encouraging students to combine their childhood memories with noted information, you can help them adapt to visual note-taking. Along with this, you will also help in boosting their self-confidence and sense of freedom.

Some passive ways to motivate students to culturally note things down can be visual learning aids such as posters, charts, presentations etc. Make sure that every student has their own way of relating information to objects.

These strategies, along with your constant support, are two things that every student needs in the current setting. With practice, they will become professional visual note-takers!

In a nutshell, Culturally responsive techniques are a better option than the standard, traditional teaching methods. These are the upgraded version of ‘note taking’!

Lastly, before we leave, keep in mind this line: ‘If a student relates to it, then the student understands it 🙂

Happy Teaching !!

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