Examples of visual aids
- People: use your students or yourself to demonstrate height, hair color, feelings, etc.
- Posters: they liven up the darkest classrooms.
- PPT: you no longer have to write on the board and have your lesson at your fingertips.
- Realia: bringing real items to class, example fruits and vegetables.
- Videos: students spend a lot of their free time plugged in.
- As the VAK learning style mentions most students don't learn through listening alone, so combining listening with seeing can help students retain knowledge.
- Remember the saying a picture is worth 1000 words? well, apply it to your lessons.
- It's more fun for the students as well. Even if you're the best teacher in the world your students can benefit by watching a video and hearing a different accent.
- It gives you a break. You can turn "off" for a bit, which is a nice welcome after being "on" for so long.
- Students can zone out, especially if the language is too complex for them.
- They can be hard to lug from classroom to classroom.
- Technical difficulties can arise and this can be really embarrassing if you're standing in front of the class and randomly pushing buttons.
- Teachers can zone out if they're teaching the same lesson over and over and over.
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