01 – Visual Thinking Strategies – Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

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Now, us teachers use a lot of visual media in our classes, but have you ever thought about how you’re phrasing the questions? A pretty standard question is “tell me about the picture [on page XX]”. In this episode, I speak to Gabriel Diaz Maggioli from The New School, NYC, about Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) and how to get the best answers from students.

Gabriel was very nice and very generous with his time. If you want to imagine him while you listen, he looks a bit like early-Apple pioneer Steve Wozniak! I caught him outside the KoTESOL conference in Seoul after he’d given a workshop about VTS. He agreed to the interview so long as he could smoke while we talked.

This is a fascinating subject precisely because using visual media in class is so common, and yet we often skirt over it quite quickly, treating it simply as a schema activating tool. However, as Gabriel explains, it can be – and is – so much more than just a way of easing into a new unit in the textbook. The way in which we handle the 3 VTS questions has benefits that extend beyond just getting a better answer in the moment.

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Music: Les Juanitos “Soul Walking”


3 thoughts on “01 – Visual Thinking Strategies – Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

    teslbug said:
    November 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Love it! A Podcast for teachers – great idea and happy to see this void being filled by creative, dedicated people. I teach in Thailand but moving to Taiwan to take on the next TESOL challenge – I’ll keep my ears open for the next podcast. Keep up the good work!


      Masters of TESOL podcast responded:
      November 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Thats very kind, thanks a lot. The next episode will be arriving soon. There’s also a chance to contribute to the show with recordings and ideas, so if you have something you want to add send it along! They are listed under “assignments”.

      Thanks again.

      Liked by 1 person

    A Wide World of TESLblogs | TESL bug said:
    November 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    […] we learn languages. Never listened to a TESOL podcast before? Have a listen to his latest podcast, Visual Thinking Strategies, it’s about using visual media to engage […]


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