For the visual learner, concepts, characters, events and their relations to one another, are best seen as well as heard. Most of our classrooms are equipped with whiteboards that can be used to help the visual learner by diagramming the content of the class.
Diagrams show connections. For example, a diagram might show the connection between characters or between ideas. Try diagramming the connection between those God foreknew and those who are glorified in Romans 8:29-30.
Diagrams show comparisons. For example, when I teach apologetics I show the similarities and differences between four different apologetic methods by using a chart.
Diagrams show chronology. A sequence of life events, for example, can be shown on a “timeline,” a biography can be seen as a whole through a diagram. The life of Peter might be a good story to diagram. There is also a well used diagram to show the repeating cycle of events in the book of Judges:
Diagrams are memorable because shapes are memorable. When I teach worldview I use the idea of a wedding cake – three layers stacked on one another asking three worldview questions: What is real? How do we know? And how should we live? The shape helps students remember the three components to any given worldview.
Diagrams provide structure to a class. Sometimes having copious notes of what you would like to say is simplified through diagramming. Consequently, diagramming helps lesson planning.