Visual Thinking for Teaching Assistants


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Presented on Brock University Teaching Assistant Day, September 7, 2013. This hands-on-workshop was designed to exercise participants' visual brains to tap into creative ways of listening and communicating. We covered note taking strategies for teachers and students and how to use visuals in seminar as a creative tool for engagement.

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Visual Thinking for Teaching Assistants

  1. 1. Visual Thinking for Teaching & Learning Giulia Forsythe Special Projects Facilitator Centre for Pedagogical Innovation
  2. 2. Visual Thinking Brainstorming Planning Learning Teaching
  3. 3. the world needs all kinds of minds
  4. 4. We all have our preference for entry into the learning cycle. Where are you most comfortable?
  5. 5. but... Even though you may have a learning preference, you need to also move outside your comfort zone
  6. 6. Recognizing there are a diversity of approaches is essential in teaching and learning contexts. Also scaffolding learners into new approaches is essential.
  7. 7. Kolb’s cycle of experiential learning addresses the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective and psychomotor. Or simply, Head Heart Hand Deep learning will address all three domains. Drawing ALSO addresses all three domains of learning.
  8. 8. 'The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those ... who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn - Alan Toffler
  9. 9. How we learn Zull • Teach - techen
  10. 10. Ken Robinson RSA Animate Changing Education Paradigms Changing Education Paradigms Changing Education Paradigms These videos have made a huge impact both for their content but also in their modality. If you haven’t already watched this TED talk, go do it now!
  11. 11. “the world needs all kinds of minds” -Temple Grandin Dan Roam in his book “Blah Blah Blah” divides us into Foxes and Hummingbirds. Dan argues that when communicating, we need balance between both of these
  12. 12. “But I’m not an artist!” Yes, you are.
  13. 13. Sunni Brown,TEDx “As an essentially verbal education gains control, the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words” from Edwards, B. (2008) Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
  14. 14. Visual practice only needs
  15. 15. “We cannot understand anything unless we create internal neuronal networks that reflect physical relationships” - James Zull - James Zull
  16. 16. Abstract concepts are largely metaphorical -James Zull
  17. 17. How we study our own autobiographies as learners is essential to our development as teachers -Stephen Brookfield -Stephen Brookfield -Stephen Brookfield
  18. 18. Doodle break • Learning is like...
  19. 19. I use visual thinking for brainstorming
  20. 20. I use visual thinking for planning Nancy Duart in her book “Slideology” recommends planning your presentation using sticky notes
  21. 21. Nick Sousanis is completing his PhD thesis in comic form
  22. 22. QuickTime™ and a GIF decompressor are needed to see this picture. Oshii, M. (Director). (1995). Ghost in the Shell [Film]. Watching students take notes in class. There’s a lot of typing and not a lot of listening. Note taking in Lectures
  23. 23. QuickTime™ and a GIF decompressor are needed to see this picture. Providing notes online sometimes allows students to tune out.
  24. 24. Doodle Break• Critical incident questionnaire (Brookfield) • Graph your attention • most engaged / least engaged
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