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April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 367

Understanding how to teach visual learners is the key to great, effective lessons. At least a third of students in the average classroom are visual learners and, for those who prefer kinetic and auditory styles, visual learning is often a secondary style which can have a positive impact on learning. Wall charts are a fantastic tool to broadcast information in an easy-to-digest way and can serve many helpful functions in class, including:

  • Stimulating visual learners with bright, colourful surroundings
  • Linking key concepts with memorable images to boost fact recall
  • Reinforcing key concepts in the curriculum
  • Providing handy reference points for students maximising teaching time
  • Teaching students how best to present information to an audience
  • Creating a fun, friendly and compelling learning environment students want to learn in.

A wall chart might be a simple resource but getting them right can be quite an art! Those that cause distractions without clearly conveying information can do more harm than good, as the last thing you need in a classroom is even more distraction! Meanwhile, if a chart is bare, boring and bland, it's not going to capture the imagination or attention of your students. It really is a fine line!

So how can you create or choose wall charts that balance interest and information perfectly? There are some crucial factors that make or break wall charts, such as:


Never try to cram everything onto a single chart. One of the very best things about them is that they can be used to present information clearly and visually - by cramming tonnes of information all together on one wall chart you lose this benefit. Facts become jumbled, images become unclear and you're left with a confusing mess!

One very effective technique is to create clearly delimited areas for each key concept within each topic. For example, if you are teaching your class about key artistic movements, create clear sections for Impressionism, Modernism, Romanticism, Conceptual art etc. and link each concept with a strong clear image and concise summary statement.

Text Size

Not too big, not too small! Many a wall chart has been ruined by text which is simply unreadable from students' desks. This is common sense but something that often gets forgotten.


A colourful classroom is great for visual learners but it is important not to over-stimulate. Ensure your wall charts are about their topic, not about a snazzy colour scheme, and you should get the balance just right. A pale yellow background is said to boost learning and make text easier to read, especially for dyslexic students.


Again, don't overdo it. Cluttering wall charts with dozens of images will be counterproductive, yet linking one key point with a single, relevant, memorable image can be a powerful tool that aids recall and fact retention.

Daydream Education are wall chart specialists, their designers and educational experts know exactly how to create fun charts which engage, teach and boost memory across the national curriculum. For more information, please visit their website:

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