The role of a visual stimulus in the classroom

Vision - the power of the teacher

Why is vision so important?

You may have heard that some of our students are visual ones (maybe you are a visual type of a student yourself, I am) and that we remember more information if we see it in a form of a picture. But what it means for us teachers and how we can use such information in the lesson. Let me give you a short overview why the sight and vision are so crucial in a teachers' job first.

Time for some statistics:

80% of what we learn is through eyes
•If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels.
•An eye is composed of 2 mln working parts
•Eyes are the second most complex organ after the brain.
•The brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text.
90 percent of information that comes to the brain is visual
•People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance – cheers:)

Numbers don't lie so we can’t turn the blind eye to the facts EYES ARE THE MOST PRECIOUS THING YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS HAVE.

How to use it in the classroom?

All of that means that the coursebook, the board and the teacher are not enough to satisfy the needs of students, nowadays. It seems logical that we should exploit the sound and vision as motivators, captivators and generators. More in an engaging article by Fiona Mauchline:

Motivators of learners -if we use pictures and/or a short film in the lessson, students are going to be more motivated as they would know that their teacher has always something interesting to show. It can be also used as a prize for good behaviour.

Captivators of attention  - how many times it happened that English was the very first or the last lesson and for you as a teacher it was difficult to attract you students attention - a picture or a short film could be a solution. Let's not forget that according to neuroscientists the brain learns better if the material is intriguing, funny, important and unusual.

Generators of language -  including pictures and films in the lesson can somehow "force" students to open up and start communicating as the films or pictures are much closer to their heart than the text. Why?

More about the "multiple-stimuli" generation soon.