finished a book that reviews the history and research behind visualization and
then provides teachers everything they need to assess and teach this complex
skill. In celebration, I wanted to share
one of my favorite games, Picture This
and Draw. The best part about this particular game is it not only develops the capacity to visualize, but works on verbal reasoning, expressive language, visual memory, fine motor integration, spatial skills, attention to details, and the ability to follow directions. This game is one that I enjoy
playing with my own students. In fact, I
played it this past week.
pencils or magic markers
a simple image, with no more than 3 – 6 very simple elements.
one student or the teacher describe the image to the other students verbally or
in writing. Use as many details as
the size, color, number, shape and the location of the objects on the
have each student produce a drawing of his or her visualization based on the
sure each student can not see what the other students are drawing.
all the students have finished, share the drawings with the group and discuss
which student’s drawing is closest to the description.
ways the presenter could have done a better job describing the image.
each drawing and discuss what each student could do to improve his or her
can also play this game one-on-one.
by going to opposite sides of the room so that each player can not see each
other’s work (each player should have a set of colored pencils or magic markers
as well as two blank pieces of paper).
one page, both players should make very simple drawings with no more than 3 – 6
elements, as in Jenna’s image pictured above.
on the other page, each player should describe, in words, the image they drew
with as much detail as possible.
the players should share with each other the description of the image they
drew, while still concealing the drawing.
player reads the other player’s description and completes a drawing based upon
the players compare their images and discuss in what ways improvements could be
made to the written descriptions, as well as the drawings.
like to learn more about the history of visualization and also access
assessment materials and many other fun activities and games that will teach
this needed skill, please come check out my new publication Mindful Visualization for Education as well as my two Teaching Visualization PowerPoints.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY. To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com, & www.learningtolearn.biz
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