Visual Representations

There are several forms of visual representation, or nonlinguistic representation, but one that offers assessment data for the teacher is the use of drawing.  Graphic organizers can be used as visual representations of concepts in the content areas.  Many of the graphic organizers contain a section where the student is expected to illustrate his/her idea of the concept.  The Mind Map requires that students use drawings, photos or pictures from a magazine to represent a specific concept. The Verbal and Visual Word Association (VVWA) asks students to illustrate a vocabulary term.  Both of these offer the teacher a quick way of assessing student depth of understanding regarding a specific concept and the ability to adjust instruction immediately to address student needs. 

Links for Visual Representation:

Painting Poetry: Using Visual Representation as a Response to Literature

The Role of Visual Representation in the Assessment of Learning

Research on Graphic Organizers

Classroom Instruction That Works:  Nonlinguistic Representations

Putting the Pieces Together: Using Non-Linguistic Representations

Five Great Tools for Marzano's Strategies: Nonlinguistic Representation


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