Tips and Tricks

Volume 9: Utilizing Word Walls

August 24th, 2023

Building Your Word Wall throughout The Unit
Word wall visuals are much simpler than structured visuals. Whereas structured visuals are more...

Volume 8: Setting Up Expectations

February 8th, 2023

Frame the Lesson Using Visuals
After the warm-up or bell-ringer exercise, prepare students for the lesson by having them preview visuals related to...

Volume 7: Building Confidence

August 8th, 2022

Model Pronunciation
This sounds simple, but it makes a huge difference in building students' confidence. I recommend starting the lesson...

Volume 6: Building Literacy

April 5th, 2022

Roving Paragraph
Change the sentence stem provided with one of the questions to start with the word "one." For example...

Volume 5: Individual Student Interaction

January 14th, 2022

Students Can Take Notes from The Visuals
Instead of having students take notes from a lecture, try first giving students a visual and having...

Volume 4: Extending Discussions

September 3rd, 2021

Embrace the Non-Perfect Responses
Many students who respond to the conversation prompts in The Visual Non-Glossary might not have perfect or...

Volume 3: Review/Preview with Discussion

March 30th, 2021

Review/Preview by Having Students Guess The Word
As a warm-up/bell-ringer/do-now activity, display 3-4 visuals that have either previously been covered or will be...

Volume 2: Engaging Students in Discussions

January 26th, 2021

Thinking Signal
Having students show a thinking signals is a powerful strategy for providing the right amount of...

Volume 1: Beginning and End of the Lesson

December 1st, 2020

Focus on 2-4 Words in Each Lesson
During the first 2-5 minutes of class when students are entering and getting settled, display the visual for...