Teachers trade tips on Visual Literacy

2011-03-07 00:00

EDUCATION geared towards raising emotionally intelligent and well-informed citizens — that’s the objective of the Partners in Education (PIE) workshop hosted by The Wykeham Collegiate Junior School recently.

The workshops have been going for the past 13 years to promote networking and support for teachers from different schools. Entitled “Visual Literacy Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning”, this year’s discussions centred on ways to improve visual literacy skills among young pupils.

Teachers were encouraged to make greater use of cartoons, graphs, comic strips, advertisements and images from history books and newspapers to promote and enhance critical thinking, as well as stimulate discussions in a class environment. The participants were told that this form of teaching not only encourages pupils to express their opinions with clarity, but it also makes pupils aware of the dangers of harbouring prejudices, and thus helps to produce emotionally intelligent and well-informed citizens.

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