Revisiting the Introductory Challenge

Learning is difficult, especially for most students in school. Part of what students might learn in school—with help—is that they can get good at what at first seems difficult. Of course, some of the difficulty is emotional, and textbooks and certain learning activities make things more difficult than necessary, or even difficult in a way that is unhelpful! Those sorts of difficulties make the emotional difficulty worse. But you can help.

Perhaps you found that the Introductory Challenge was more challenging than necessary. Did you? If so, that was part of the point. If not, the picture of DNA might have helped you “get the picture” of the complexities of the somewhat ridiculously difficult text.

Infographics are something you can use to help students overcome some of the problems they experience while trying to learn. Not every student needs this type of help, and not all lessons require it. But some lessons are made much easier to understand when the teacher or paraprofessional incorporates an infographic.

When they are really good, Infographics summarize a lot of information, clearly, attractively, and in just one image. Check out the prize-winning image that shows the genetic closeness to wolves of 85 breeds of dog: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/build-a-dog/dog-families-graphic
It organizes a lot of information in a way that many students would understand and find interesting.

Also note that the text written about the dog breeds is a lot easier to understand than the text in the Introductory Challenge! Again, infographics organize a lot of information in a way that some students absolutely need and that many students can benefit from.