I’m really lucky. My students hang on to every word I passionately speak on whatever amazing topic I have planned for the day. Yeah right. No matter how much our students look like they are listening and sitting quietly, their minds wander. In reality, it is more likely that at any given moment at least a quarter of my class is dreaming about creating Pokémon Go club or what they’re eating for lunch.
In an attempt to increase my odds that essential information is repeated, (without verbally repeating), I’ve been creating graphic posters for classroom management and reinforcement of concepts. Thanks to a tip in the Art Teacher group on Facebook, I was introduced to the infographic maker, Piktochart. Start a poster from scratch or begin with a template, change colors, and move around objects to customize. Upload your own images or use the extensive graphic library available. I’ve even outlined my curriculum in a poster format and with one click, used it as a slide presentation on curriculum night. While Piktochart is free to use and download creations, the reasonably priced educator plan makes the hi-resolution image upgrade worth every penny.
Do you have some classroom visuals that work? Please share in the comments!