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Visualisation on the blackboard: A teaching skill to enliven classroom conversation
It has been found that for inclusion of most children in a general education classroom, a teacher should be visual smart. According to experts in pedagogical sciences, a primary teacher should be able to draw at least 300 visuals to teach well on the blackboard.
It is often said that visuals were precursors of abstract symbols and be treated so in the classroom for sound learning of 3Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic. Therefore, teachers themselves get visual-literate by knowing and drawing three hundred visual symbols.

A visual symbol is a simple line drawing to represent reality or its picture. Road signs, public convenience signs, computer icons, stick drawings and diagrams are the examples of visual symbols. A teacher should be able to draw all these types of visual symbols and more so the stick drawings.

Moreover, as I often advocate, the conversation between the teacher and students in early primary grades (classes I and II) is important for language development. But if the conversation is done by making use of a teacher drawn and modeled visual, it produces strong mental images since a visual works as a semi-concrete experience for children.

Therefore, teacher educators and training institute must make it compulsory for teachers to be able to draw at least 300 hundred visual symbols for their certification instead turning out visual-illiterate teachers.

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