Here are two generalizations that can guide teachers in the use of nonlinguistic representations in the classroom from Classroom Instruction that Works by Robert Marzano.
- A variety of activities produce nonlinguistic representations.
- Such as creating graphic representations, making physical models, generating mental pictures, drawing pictures and pictographs, and engaging in kinesthetic activity.
- For example, when elaborating on knowledge of fractions one should construct a mental model of how a fraction might appear in concrete form.
- The student will understand it in greater and recall it more easily.