Use these guides to explore all things visual—from fine art to historical primary sources, from poetic videos to kids’ cartoons and from public service posters to visual instruction guides. These guides are designed to generate discussion, insight, inferences, and deeper understanding for a visual generation of learners.
Do We Write Our Answers?
We want to encourage collaboration and discussion—especially from your most reluctant writers. I don’t recommend writing more than a part or two in each guide or a note here and there. These guides are designed to encourage participation from students with visual learning styles--our 21st Century Learning generation.
Do We Work in Groups?
Please do! Collaborate. Share ideas. Provide feedback for, and receive critique from, other visions and voices in the classroom. I recommend starting each “viewing” with quiet reflection and maybe jotting down a few notes for think-pair-share. Then share – with a partner, in small groups, or with the entire classroom. How many voices can we get into the room?
The Second Viewing is a great place to split up analysis into small groups. These questions are designed to encourage students with a variety of abilities—from musical to language to artistic and on and on . . .
So What is the Right Answer to the Questions in the Guides?
There are none . . . or, in other words . . . all of the answers are right! The right answer is the answer which can be supported with logic and details. The best questions have several answers.
Included are specific examples from my classroom. We have used these guides over and over again—from Kindergarten to Adult.
When and How do I Use These Guides?
The best use is a purposeful use. Here are some ways to use the guides:
• With an open-ended guiding question that must be examined – a thematic question that contributes to class content.
• To LAUNCH a project or thematic unit or lesson.
• To practice inferences, provide explanations, and use logic to support opinions.
• To encourage wonder and pique curiosity.
What if the Guides Don’t Fit?
• They will rarely fit your purposes exactly.
• As a skilled teacher, you will adapt them to serve your needs. See the examples further below.