Visual Learning Strategies Are So Much Fun as you Discover Your World!
I introduce, demonstrate, and have students practice Visual Learning Strategies. Inspired by the three question visual thinking strategies protocol, I will show that this discussion-based teaching and learning strategy not only includes all four domains of language learning, but is an effective tool across the curriculum.
During the VLS workshop I introduce my nonfiction illustrated books, exploring global cultures through the lens of human commonalities — walls, immigrant stories, traditions for welcoming babies, and the daily life of children .
I will present up to four one hour workshops per day. Workshops are limited to 30 students or one class.
School fees are negotiable:
within 60 miles of Waterville— $800/day
more than 60 miles from Waterville — $800/day plus travel and lodging
outside of Maine — $1,000/day plus travel and lodging
Beyond New England
$1,000/day plus travel and lodging
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Thanks to all the Winthrop families who participated in the Discover Your World scavenger hunt with the original illustrations from Talking Walls. The families looked for, talked about and answered questions about 30 items in the illustrations .
There are so many ways to study, read and enjoy Talking Walls. I have complied a list of themes and think it would fun for teachers and students to find the walls that align with the themes. What walls are man-made? How may talk about architects? How many hats are in the book? What stories do the hats tell?
Let me know if you have another theme to add to my list!
- Natural Walls
- Man-made walls
- World Heritage sites
- decorated walls
- memorial walls
I asked a group of 5th graders to look closely at the faces of the four boys in the Lascaux Cave illustration. Then I asked them to think about how the boys were feeling. I asked the students if they thought as the group they could compile a list of ten words. Surprised, wowed, scared, amazed were just a few and I added awed.
I then asked , “What do you think the boys could be saying?” and one boy said, “Maybe the boy with the hand over his mouth is saying OMG.” Then he burst out laughing and looked at his teacher who was smiling. Another student wondered if they said OMG in France!
Last spring I talked to a 5th grade class about the illustration and story in Talking Walls about the WALL in DC. We talked about Maya Lin and the polished granite and since 1982 how so many people have spent time at the wall.
I then asked the students if they had any comments or questions and one boy told me he had a question. He was wondering if so many people visited the wall and touched it with their hands and tears and then left things he thought the wall would be very dirty and wanted to know if anyone ever washed it. I told him that no one had ever asked me that question before , but what did he think?. He was not sure and I told him it would be easy to find out, so I read this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/washing-the-wall-to-remember-vietnam-vets/2011/05/09/AGJxZsCH_story.html and when I was in DC on a sunny spring day I helped to wash the wall. It was an amazing, moving experience to join other volunteers not only to wash a national monument, but also to meet and talk to veterans and tourists who came to visit the wall that day. I took pictures back to the 5th graders and thanked the student for his question and reminded them they too could wash the wall!