Visualization Tools

I spent hours looking at and analyzing the visual tools as to how I could best utilize them in the classroom.  I wanted to use them to maximizing my students’ abilities. There were more than five I would use, but the five I chose to highlight here are as follows:

1) I chose to start, for my edification and to better able to disseminate information to my students ‘Mapping the Steps to Visual Excellence’.  This stairway gives guidelines for selecting the adequate picture type, using retinal variables correctly, respecting design principles, avoiding pitfalls and being innovative. I would use this model as my reference upon which to build. This stairway also shares instructions on avoiding ambiguity, cliché misuse and wrong color and texture which may result in confusion of ideas rather than clarity. I loved the idea of reframing. 
http://www.visual-literacy.org/stairs_of_viz/stairs_of_viz.html

2) I believe that success is an attitude. If attitude is positive; success will happen. Setting a positive attitude from day 1 will give the students a positive outlook for the school year. Hence the reason I chose positive culture with the interwoven circles.  Positive culture comprises of four aspects, participation, creativity, communication and respect. Each aspect is dependent on the other. When this is present in a classroom- dynamic!! I would use this model on the first day of class and ask the students what this means to them. Positive culture uses this forum to brainstorm and creates art work from the community. I would like to start my class on the first day with a blank canvas and build from there, allowing the students to create the environment they would love to have in their classroom. We need participation, by participating we become creative, and in our creativity we need to communicate, and in communicating we must remember to be respectful.  This education art work would be our first wall hanging to remind us where we started and where we are going. http://www.positiveculture.ca/

3) The concept map can be used as a formative assessment after completion of a lesson to check for understanding. This would be a great tool for the student to explain the math concept of any lesson and how the formula was executed. It will show the flow and if there is a missing link, it will be easily identified. The concept map in itself can become very creative in showing how students analyze. I can then use this as a teaching tool to help students overcome their weaknesses and realize their full potential. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concept_map

4) The flowing data chart can be used when data is collected for a specific event over a wide area. Creating a map such as this brings the data alive and very graphic. The student would be better able to tell what was going on just by looking at the information. This map would stimulate interest, which will generate questions and may lead to for problem solving. http://flowingdata.com/2010/06/07/san-francisco-crime-mapped-as-elevation/

5) The periodic table is wonderful. It consists of so many different visual aids for a diverse population. I would select only those that would fit my needs.  Flight plane would be one of them that can be used in solving problems.  The areas of flight plane are listed as starting, rising, flying, turbulences, landing and landed. For example in solving a problem, I would use starting for list the problem, rising  for the actual configuration begins for the solution, turbulences is when difficulties are encountered, landing is when you overcame the difficulties and landed the solution. Variations can be created for mathematical solution for solving algebra, geometry and the likes. This is just one of several that can be very useful in the classroom. http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html

Before man could write, he drew pictures. When children cannot read, we give them picture books in order for them to understand what is taking place. The importance of visual aid is to assist people in having a vision of what you want to verbalize. This then stimulates, engages and is highly effective for moving people from vision, to dialogue, to action. Pictures tell a story that sometimes words cannot articulate.  Visualization tools are a great asset for both the students and teachers in today’s world.

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