Use visual supports to increase understanding

Middle years

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Visual supports include pictures, such as stick-figure drawings, photographs or cartoons, and words, i.e., written materials. You can support students to access and understand information by consistently supplementing oral communication (talking) with visual and/or written instructions and materials.

Visual supports are useful for all students and…

  • make abstract concepts concrete
  • increase understanding
  • are ‘intransient’ – students can refer back to the support

This practice will help students to

work independently

understand changes

stay calm

finish activities

This practice will help teachers to

increase teachable moments

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This practice is from the core research project



5 Mar 2021