The idea that different students may learn differently (otherwise known as ‘learning styles) is a pretty hot-button issue. In fact, I don’t think any other topic has garnered us such a large amount of hate-mail, even though we’ve tried to approach the topic from both sides of the argument.
That said, regardless of how you feel about whether different learning styles exist or not, there are many things that teachers have tried out over the years to see what works best for them and for their students.
Catlin Tucker, an English teacher in Windsor, Calif, curated her top video picks for an English classroom, which help explain complex ideas in different ways.
This TED-Ed video, The Art of the Metaphor, narrated by Jane Hirshfield explains the difficult concept of metaphors, and figurative language in general. These intangible concepts are easier to understand through the art in this video.