Highlighted Texts and Materials, Visual Aids

Visual aids assist many student in the learning process. It is estimated that approximately 60% of all students learn best visually, or with a multisensory approach.

  • Use markers to highlight important material in texts or handouts. This will help to make the most important information clear to the student.
    • Highlight key words.
    • Highlight main ideas.
    • Highlight graphs, maps, charts, boldface type, terms, important names, dates, places, vocabulary, and picture captions.
    • Different colors can be used to emphasize important elements such as red to underline names and green to underline places.
    • Teach identification of key points by starring them. Highlight the corresponding details. This will emphasize meaning and increase student interest.
  • Use markers to highlight overhead transparencies.
  • Write directions on handouts, overhead, or chalkboard and leave them or future reference.
  • Use colored chalk to differentiate activities.
  • Use charts, posters, flashcards, sentence strips, and other visual aids to increase interest and meaning.
  • Have students watch television shows or video-tapes which reinforce important concepts. Set time limits and designate the program and channel/location.
  • Teach highlighting techniques. Provide exercises which allow students to work together in highlighting important information.
  • Have students make visual models of maps, charts, graphs and other items, using play dough, clay, or other mediums. Using this multisensory approach will increase meaning and interest. This could be used as a means of reinforcement by giving extra credit for the project.