Visual Learning and Teaching

An Essential Guide for Educators K–8

Available August 2018

Emojis . . . avatars . . . icons . . . Our world is becoming increasingly reliant on visual communication. Yet our classrooms still heavily focus on traditional oral and written instruction. In this first-of-its-kind resource, Dr. Susan Daniels channels over twenty years of research and experience into a comprehensive guide of visual learning strategies that enable educators to rise to the challenges of 21st century education.

This hands-on resource helps educators create a “visual toolbox” of tools that promote visual literacy across the curriculum and offers interactive activities to encourage visual learning and communication in all students.

Digital content includes customizable forms and a PDF presentation.

ISBN: 978-1-63198-140-1
Audience: Educators, grades K–8
Trim Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Page Count: 288
Digital Content: Includes customizable forms and a PDF presentation.

Praise for Visual Learning and Teaching

Today’s teachers need easily accessible resources at their fingertips to serve the wide range of students in their classrooms. Susan Daniels meets this challenge by deftly weaving practical, visual strategies with a deep understanding of why these visual approaches are effective for all learners. I predict that this guidebook, which is filled to the brim with creative visual communication lessons, will be a compelling addition to the shelves of contemporary educators looking to strengthen their repertoire of skills.

Michele Kane, Ed.D., professor of special education at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

I’ve been awaiting a visual thinking book for educators with the breadth and depth of this one. Dr. Daniels’s work made me want to read cover to cover and start again at the beginning. I’m confident Visual Learning and Teaching will be a resource for teachers for a very long time.

Sunni Brown, chief human potentialist and best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution

“I was pleased to see Susan Daniels’s Visual Learning and Teaching. Gradually we are all enlightened to the power of visual thinking. The best minds have used it to make discoveries in science, engineering, medicine, and technology and to design some of our most powerful tools. Now these ways of understanding are available to us all. In the past our schools have relied mainly on the ‘thin pipe’ to the brain of words and numbers. Now the newest visualization technologies provide us with a ‘fat pipe’ to the brain. I am enormously grateful to Dr. Daniels for providing a comprehensive and practical step-by-step pathway for teachers to help prepare students well for new worlds of work and understanding.

Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind’s Eye, Thinking Like Einstein, and Seeing What Others Cannot See

Thinking about visual teaching and learning has helped me see my own practice in a new way. I am a very verbal person, and words are my comfort zone. By practicing drawing and doodling, I have become more confident in expressing knowledge in a more visual way. But, more importantly, I have been able to incorporate visual learning into my classroom in ways that I wasn’t before. The simple question, ’How could you doodle that?’ has opened up a world of possibilities for me and my students. Jenna. Visual teacher featured in Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K-8

After learning the Visual Alphabet and the Six Essential Design Elements, and after working with visual tools and walking through the curriculum map process, I feel confident in how to meaningfully integrate visual teaching and learning across the curriculum. I keep a copy of the curriculum map on my desk as well as a copy of the ideas for visual products, insuring that I continue to approach curriculum design with an eye to the visual. My curriculum map is thorough, and the visual aspect is not an add on. It is an essential component of my students’ learning experience. Carol, Visual teacher featured in Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K-8

In application to teaching contexts, visual learning strategies have offered me avenues to engage students in a multimodal fashion, and, in turn, assess their understandings in ways that are authentic to them. Reluctant verbal communicators, be it in writing or speaking, are afforded another way to contribute to classroom discussion. Kipp. Visual teacher featured in Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K-8

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