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We all know visuals help to enhance our students’ learning as well as our teaching. You can take it to the next level by making your visuals interactive! I’m a huge fan of interactive teaching visuals, like this magnetic color wheel. Creating an interactive poster allows students to test and interact with their vocabulary.
The simpler poster features very basic steps in the clay process. This helps my youngest students visualize and grasp this process.
The more descriptive poster helps my older students understand the specific qualities of this material.
Use these posters as a starting point. Mix and match the visuals and descriptions to customize them for your students. Any part of your visual can become movable with a little bit of forethought and Velcro!
Adding Velcro allows you to conduct any number of review activities with students:
There are many possibilities!
My favorite way to supplement learning about clay for my youngest students is Puffer Learns About Ceramics from the Dropping In On… Series! Not only does it cover the clay process, but reviews basic hand-building techniques!
How do you teach the basic stages of clay to your students?
What’s your favorite visual tool to teach?