Teachers who are visual learners often turn into animated presenters of information. Some of these teachers may find that their colleagues “don’t understand them or their methods.” A system of evaluation to help visual teachers improve their skills is needed. I’ve developed a series of questions based on a presentation by my mentor, Dennis Yuzenas.

You can find the ten minute video at a youtube channel called “visualandactive.” Search for “Dennis Yuzenas” and you’ll see a ten-part presentation. Listen to the first 10-minute video and then try to answer these questions:

Teacher’s Sheet (make notes below each question)

1. What is Edu-tainment? outside the textbook (35 points)

2. How would you deliver your lesson? points: 25

TARGET WORDS

3. How do you handle kids who are talking in class or not paying attention? POINTS: 30

4. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did a study to find out why students drop out of high school. Which of the following is or are the leading reason(s) given by students who have dropped out?

a) the student’s need for money (and to get a job)

b) illness

c) the family’s need for money

d) fear of other students (lack of security) 10 points

Now, here is the Evaluator’s Sheet (circle target words, add comments)

1. What is Edu-tainment? outside the textbook (35 points)

Anticipated Reply

graphs pictures visual active movies listen to the student relevant connect to the student’s life skills connect the curriculum to their interests use technology to bring in new ideas

2. How would you deliver your lesson? points: 25

Expacted Response:

colors audio songs movie clips don’t show the whole movie, just clips lead a discussion avoid just reading show and tell look for connections

3. How do you handle kids who are talking in class or not paying attention? POINTS: 30

AIM AT THESE RESPONSES

find out what is interesting to them keep the kids engaged most kids who act out are bored convert the object of attention to the lesson

4. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did a study to find out why students drop out of high school. Which of the following is or are the leading reason(s) given by students who have dropped out?

a) the student’s need for money (and to get a job)

b) illness

c) the family’s need for money

d) fear of other students (lack of security) 10 points

EXPECTED WORDS

boredom

school isn’t relevant

none of the items listed are as important as “boredom”

other

Using this system, it is possible to identify teachers who are visual presenters and to encourage them to develop their facility by emulating other visual presenters.

Steve McCrea, a travel DVD producer and a teacher of English to adults, writes for Roadlovers and FreeEnglishLessons. He has produced a DVD about San Miguel Allende, a town in Mexico, available from filmbaby. He can be reached at TheEBookman@gmail.com
Using a questionnaire and a youtube video, training can take place and feedback can be given to a visual presenter. Teachers can benefit from suggestions by Dennis Yuzenas WhatDoYaKnow.com. This short course was developed by Steve McCrea. For comments and further discussion, please contact Steve McCrea at http://www.FreeEnglishlessons.com and write to him at FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com.

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