Often teachers need children to do multiple things at once or need to communicate lots of things that are happening! For example:
For children with language difficulties, this can be very overwhelming and often they will get stuck understanding the first part of the instruction. This means that they then can’t do the right thing, because they don’t know what they have been told to do. It also means that they then end up relying on their observational skills to participate in the classroom. This puts them behind because they have to wait for their peers to complete a task before they can figure out what to do.
For kids with language difficulties, a visual timetable will make all the difference in helping them understand what is happening in a particular class and the order in which tasks need to be completed. A visual timetable can also help students with attention and concentration difficulties, as it helps them follow along with the class.
This will allow you to target the teaching at an appropriate level for those kids who struggle. It will also provide additional opportunities for children to ask questions if they don’t understand and have multiple exposures to the new vocabulary – optimising their ability to understand it and thus learn content that uses it.
This will allow you to check the child’s understanding and help guide them if they have misunderstood.
This allows the child to be exposed to the correct language model. E.g.
Child: “I catched the ball”
Teacher: “Yes you caught the ball, great catch!”