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Using the COLA strategy
Assistant Professor, The college of New jersey
What types of things do you make that kids read?
Writing on Board
What color do you prefer?
Can you read this well?
How about this?
Without contrast the lines are pushed together in a manner that makes it very hard to read the material put on the page. Without space, there is very little contrast. Space around the words makes them easier to read.
With space, it is easier to read the information you need!
Even the space between letters can effect the speed of your reading.
A condensed font is harder to read.
A spread out font can slow you down as well.
When underlining you must be careful as the shape of the words can be shaped by the line. You must also be careful of use of bold in that it draws so much attention to itself!
Without clear borders it is very hard to read info. Borders help contain the eye and make reading easier. Borders also help students with reading difficulties locate the info they need to finish their work.
Black on white is best contrast
Plenty of white space
Color is in clear contrast – yellow is the enemy!
Clear crisp borders
All info moves top to bottom, left to right
Important info is at top left position
Materials aligned left
Clear visual path
A font can be very interesting to see but not as much fun to read.
Cursive writing is especially hard for students to read. By age twelve, most people have evolved into their own unique handwriting which is a combination of cursive and print, making their handwriting even hard to read than this.
a, a, a, a, a
p, b, d, q
elephant vs. ELEPHANT
I really hate it when a teacher uses an overhead that is too small to read from the back of the class.
If you copy a page onto an overhead, it will be too small to read.
Italics impact reading speed.
You read faster without them!
Changing fonts midway slows reading.
Printed, never cursive
Big enough to read at viewing distance
Use upper and lower case, not all caps
Used to support info
Not just to be pretty!
Not too busy or distracting
Pictures easy to recognize
Why crowd everything into one corner and leave the rest of the page blank?
If I care about having my pupils read what I write, I need to make the right things bigger!
Info makes good use of space available
No crowding of info
Key points are biggest
Print at all times!
Put boxes around key info you want students to find.
Watch matching questions as they require diagonal tracking skills.
Visuals have real power, use them wisely!
Having pupils copy info from board or overhead.
Many of them can’t.
Do you want to measure knowledge of the subject, or ability to copy?
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.