In every classroom, there are visual learners. I feel strongly that it is our job, as educators, to teach to every students’ best learning method, and a great way to do that is to use photos. Brad Patterson’s blog post on his blog “A Journee in Language”, titled Blog Challenge: compare and contrast photo discusses how photos can be used in the classroom to teach children about comparing and contrasting. Larry Ferlazzo’s blog, Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day post about using photos emphasizes the importance of comparing/contrasting, using vocabulary, and describing real-life objects, especially for ELL, ESL, and EFL programs. He believes that you can do that by photos in the classroom. I really enjoyed Feralazzo’s post describing the Picture Word Inductive Model. I feel like that model is very applicable and realistic for students.
I also created my own compare and contrast challenge! Here it is:
What is different between the two photographs? What is the same? Look at what is going on, peoples’ facial expressions, and the demeanor of the people. Comments are welcomed!