Many of us in the field of education, myself included, are talkers. We give instructions verbally. We tell stories with words. We have conversations to discuss and solve problems. We chat about ideas.
The problem is, many of our students struggle to process verbal language. This is where visuals can play an important role. Here is the important thing to remember: when you introduce visuals also reduce the amount that you are talking. Point to the visual and say less. I often see people using visuals with students and talking the same amount…now the student actually has more to process – the visuals and the continued language.
Trust the visuals; enjoy the silence.