Chapter 9

Using the Visual and Auditory Senses to Enhance Learning

Visual and Auditory senses enhance learning. You can recall a special day or vacation by thinking about what you heard, ate, or saw that day. You will remember images, anything you can perceive with your senses, to take in the information and remember. Pictures also create the capacity to move learning into memory. Visualizing is used in memory. Common phrases like "I never forget a face' and ' A picture is worth a thousand words' have some basis in fact.
  • 'The ability to transform thoughts into images is often seen as a test of true understanding.' Albert Einstein often said that he saw his ideas in complete pictures and often had a difficult time breaking them down into ideas and words.

  • Using visual processing in the classroom-
    • Split page note-taking- half page students take notes on what they are reading, and on the other half students draw a picture of what they understand.
    • Graphic organizers such as a plot chart
    • Pictures drawn of vocabulary words
    • Mind or thinking maps drawn by students to organize thoughts.
    • Interactive Notebook
    • Teachers can provide visual organization network
    • Charts to be completed
    • Bubble map

  • Music is a highly complex neural activity. The part of the brain that processes music is closely tied to other functions like emotion, memory, and language.
    • When information is embedded in music or rhyme, it's recall is easier.
    • Some music calms students.
    • Listening to the music of a historical era or county helps to enhance the learning of that era or region.
    • Piggyback songs are effective. List of prepositions sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"