Literacy 4-6

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Multimodal Instruction


Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills to understand and remember the steps they are to take in their literacy work. Instruction can be given using text, visuals, gestures, or audio to facilitate retention in Short- and Long-term Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how these teachers provide multimodal instruction by using visuals in addition to verbal communication. By referring to visual aids, such as written text on the whiteboard or gestures, they convey the same information in multiple formats to support memory retention.

  • Teachers can employ a variety of techniques to complement verbal instruction so that students attend to and remember the directions they need to carry out. For example, teachers can reference visuals, posters, or text on boards to reinforce important aspects of their speech. They can also use hand signals as another representation form to communicate multiple steps.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can readily and thoughtfully leverage color, graphics, animation, and sound for instructions to draw Attention to salient pieces of information and support memory formation in both Short- and Long-term Memory.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy