VAKT Model for Developing Classroom Activities and Discussions

V=Visual, A=Auditory, K=Kinesthestic, T=Tactile Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactile (VAKT) Teaching utilizes concrete aids and activities that involve as many senses as possible, such as pictures, music, food, comparison of new concepts to personal experience and/or prior knowledge.

Structured Thinking Activity includes activities based on VAKT experiences such as group work, student comparison to personal experiences and/or prior knowledge, etc.

Rationale for Using Concrete Activities

Steps for Concrete Teaching
  1. Identify an abstract, new, or difficult concept.
  2. Define what you want the students to learn.  Break that concept down to smaller and essential skills.
  3. As you develop the activity, plan to use more than one modality:
    1. Begin with oral instruction.
    2. Simultaneously, provide a visual guide, via the board, overhead, or computer projector.
    3. Then, have the class complete a structured activity during which students apply the newly explained concept.
  4. Pause or repeat ideas so students can take notes.
  5. Make sure the goals and outcomes are specific and clear.
  6. Make meaningful connections between the new concept and real life.

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