Religious Education: How can a teacher for Religious Education effectively use pictures in teaching?



5b ii). Analyze how to utilize pictures in the teaching of Religious Education.

How to utilise pictures

In order to promote maximum learning, pictures should be selected and used accordance with sound guidance:

  1.  The teacher should prepare questions in advance which will guide learners into
    interpreting pictures so that they are directed or challenged by their observation.
  2.  The teacher should guide the learners to ensure that they not only look at pictures but also look into them, criticize, interpret and explain their significance.
  3.  Select and arrange pictures carefully to form a sequence so that significant questions can be raised as the learners examine them.
  4.  Loose and large pictures should be displayed at a strategic point in the classroom for every learner to see.
  5.  Small pictures should be projected so that the entire class can see them. In the
    absence of a projector, enough copies should be produced using a duplicator or
    photocopier and distributed to the whole class.
  6.  Provide pictures for individual, small group and whole class study.
  7. Avoid passing pictures.
  8. Use a few pictures at a time; holding back pictures on topics which will arise later in the lesson(s). Such a procedure moves learners from one lesson to another.
  9. Use labels and captions, colored paper, arrows and strips (in drawn pictures) to
    highlight items in pictures, this will add to the instructional value of pictures through improvised eye appeal.
  10.  Organize picture collection around main ideas or problems and place them in a kit or file for easy handling and utilization.
  11.  Pictures can also be mounted to add to their attractiveness and durability.
  12.  Pictures on display should be changed frequently because after sometime they will
    lose their motivation appeal.
  13.  Keep pictures clean and not tattered. Transparent plastic papers can be used to
    preserve them for future use.
  14. Pleasing and harmonious: It must have original colours accurately and vividly reproduced.Artistically and technically of high quality .




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