Getting the Picture

In this chapter the author discussed the importance of teaching with objects. Having visual exposure to materials is helpful if students know what they are looking at and looking for. Schmidt talked about how children of the twenty-first-century don’t know how to see. They are so evolved with television and moving technology that they can’t look at a simple picture and pick out the important things. I have noticed this in my practicum. My teacher tries to do a lot of different activities with the students and they relate to the ones that involve using their chrome books or watching videos. However, when he puts pictures on the front screen I noticed the students have more trouble staying focused on one picture. While doing these activities I wondered if my students just had trouble zeroing in on a specific details, but after reading Schmidt’s observations I agree with her. I think many students are used to looking at moving pictures and haven’t been taught what to look for in a still image.

Anything that students can touch and observe, that has relevance to the topic you are teaching can help students learn better. I liked how in this chapter Schmidt discussed how important it is to use visual materials for ensuring equal access to curriculum content for second-language learners and students with reading disabilities. Teaching through objects is a fun, interactive way to work with your students. Doing something different than reading out of the book or from an article can help your students that learn in different ways. I think using objects in the classroom is a great way to get your students interested in subjects, and to help them understand social studies in a more realistic way because they are actually looking at or holding something from history.





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