The images in your mind can be more exciting and memorable than any Hollywood film! That's the theme of the latest blog post that I co-authored with Donna Wilson on the Edutopia website, "Brain Movies: When Readers Can Picture It, They Understand It."
In this post, we share with teachers the
importance of guiding your students to visualize as they read, which
makes for an engaging and enjoyable way to boost comprehension and
Here is an excerpt from the post:
to create brain movies can help students make sense of complex
nonfiction subject matter and 'see' the characters, setting, and action
in stories. Teachers who use our strategy tell us their students seem to
have more fun—and success—as they read. These anecdotes are supported
by research showing that students who are taught to develop mental
imagery of text do better than control groups on tests of comprehension
In the post, we site
specific research that supports the usefulness of transforming text into
mental images. We also describe how to help students in the process of
turning text into brain movies and provide examples of brain movies in
Read the entire article at Edutopia.
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