Evaluation time: Is the visual aid working for you?
Have you ever spent times to evaluate your students after adding something new in the class? Could you find anything positive or negative? It’s believed that evaluation is the most critical step when applying any new teaching aids. And yes, it’s necessary with visual aids either. Thus, this article helps you evaluate the effectiveness of visual aids and how to improve to bring better learning outcomes.
How to know if the visual aid is working for you?
Once you have applied visual aids, you may consider yourself “Are the visual aids effective?” or “Did I use them in the right way?”.
It seems like most teachers always prepare good visual aids because they have the guideline to follow.
Hence, to know if the visual aids are working for you, first and foremost, you need to know what are the common problems that teachers usually deal with. And then, check yourself if you were in this situation.
Read visual aids
At the first time using visual aids in the class, many teachers have fallen into the trap of reading page by page from handouts or powerpoint to students. It’s because they believe that their visual aids are pretty useful so they need to read everything. And with the assumption that visual aids are interested enough, they don’t need to do anything else except jumping into it.
In contrary to the imagination, reading visual aids is a poison that can kill both the visual aids and the teachers. Not only makes the lesson boring, but it also seems to give students permission to do anything but listen. That means the teachers lose in grabbing students attention.
Talk to visual aids instead of students
It’s widespread mistakes that people face, not only teachers. Talking to visual aids instead of listeners results in the lack of connection and engagement to students.
Maybe the teachers too nervous and confused. Or perhaps they don’t know how to both interact with visual aids and students. Believe us, your visual aids don’t want to be the victim of a speaker’s mistakes.
Thus, in short, the problems lie in CREATING BALANCE between teachers, students, and visual aids.
Visual aid is beneficial for teaching, however, it might be risky if the teachers are too influenced on it.
Now we have the key is to balance, so how to check whether you are restoring it well?
To evaluate the balancing problem, we offer you a checklist of looking at yourself, your students and your visual aids. We create it based on the process from the preparation to the end of lessons. Thus, take a look and then see how successful you are doing with visual aids.
Checklist to evaluate visual aids
< Click on each box to see the questions below >
Do you practice with visual aids in front of the mirror at home?
Do you ask a family member or friend to watch you practice delivering your message with your visual aids?
Are you speaking while looking at the visual aid or when you reconnect with a listener’s eyes?
Do you ask yourself what the purpose of each visual aids is?
2. Set up
Do you have an introduction before displaying a visual aid?
Do your students know where they should look before you display the visual aid?
Are visual aids enough for your students in the classroom?
3. During the lessons
Do you pause and give your students time to get familiar with visual aids before you begin speaking?
Do your children connect with both visual aids and you?
Is there any eye-contact between you and your students during your speaking?
What are your students’ reactions with visual aids (good or bad or no response)
4. Ending of the lessons
Do your students take-away your message/ any knowledge?
Do your students know how to recall the knowledge with the visual aids?
If not, what might the reason be? What can be done?
The reason why visual aids aren’t working
There are a variety of reasons that affect the efficiency of visual aids. The case might be caused by both the instinct and extinct factors of visual aids.
Mostly, the reason is the distraction, as we already mentioned in the article Concerns about using visual aids in education. Indeed, don’t have a clear aim of using visual aids at the initiate leads to distracting rather than learning.
Otherwise, it might be because of the cost and difficulty of operation. Thus, teachers can’t have visual aids at the high quality as they expected. And then, the consequence is a lack of effectiveness.
Sometimes, the reasons also come from the background knowledge in the graphic design of teachers. For example, the faults can lie in using colors, choosing fonts for designing visuals.
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Last but not least, using in a wrong way might lead to the adverse scenario of applying visual aids. Remember that, visual aids aren’t your notes. Instead, they should be added to impact or highlight your messages or drive students to the focus points.
For instance, an animated learning video is useful if it could help the teacher to retell the problems with engaging stories for children. That means students could learn from the video, not just watch for entertainment.
Tips to avoid problems of each visual aids in the classroom
If it is, congratulations!
Now it’s indeed a piece of good news for us to know that you are doing well with visual aids. And whether you follow our guide or not, you are absolutely a successful innovative primary teacher.
Though succeed, don’t forget to renew and better your teaching day by day. It is because everything has changed, especially technology. And education, at the same time, changes forward to the technological inventions. Thus, as an educator, keep a cold head, follow the trend, and try more visual aids as possible.
As a partner with several reputed educational organizations from kindergarten to university, we highly recommend you to use more animations as an extremely visual aid in teaching.
- Firstly, animations equal the combination of visuals, sounds, and slide presentation.
- Secondly, animations help create a positive learning environment for children.
- Thirdly, animations are familiar with kids as cartoons so they will enjoy learning more.
- Fourthly, animations train the students to learn with the storytelling method that helps remember knowledge longer and make a better recall.
- Finally, animation now is the trend of visual aids for teaching that innovative teachers shouldn’t miss.
Now you have it, the instruction to evaluate if the visual aid is working for you. And yes, it’s also the last step of an ultimate guide to finding the right teaching tool for primary students.
In the end, we wholly believe you have better understood your students to choose teaching aids. So keep in mind that a suitable one for students will maximize your teaching effort. We hope that you will always keep the nature value of teaching and bring the best lessons for children!
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