| Tools for teaching - A visual aids workshop, and instruction manual for health educators |
|Session 1. Introduction to the visual aids workshop|
1) Ask participants to define "visual educational aid".
2) Ask them to name as many examples of visual educational aids as they can think of. A volunteer should list these on a large piece of newsprint taped to the wall. The list should include:
• chalk board
• flip charts
• card games
• board games
• flash cards
• film strips
3) Explain that the emphasis in this workshop is on the construction and use of low-cost, low-tech visual aids. Although slide presentations, film strips, and videotapes are valuable tools for the health educator, we are going to concentrate our efforts on less-expensive materials that are simple to produce.
4) Pass around (or display) examples of visual aids that can be used by health educators.
5) Ask the class to brainstorm/discuss scenarios in which these visual educational aids might be used to advantage in promoting health issues amongst different audiences.
• a puppet show on dental health/hygiene presented to elementary school children
• recipe cards or pamphlets handed out to mothers following a nutrition class
• flip chart discussion about different methods of toilet construction at a barangay council meeting
• a diagram of a garden layout presented to community members in conjunction with a discussion of alternative sources of nutritional food
• the use of masks/role play to encourage barrio residence to discuss the social and economic causes of their health problems