Graphic organizers are phenomenal learning aids that can be used to organize new information. These tools also assist in the visualization of information and making new connections between prior and newly acquired knowledge. Successful learning can be reinforced while simplifying both the learning and teaching processes.
Top 10 Reasons to use Graphic Organizers:
- They aid in the retention of the material.
- They’re fun.
- Visual learners are attracted to them.
- Graphic organizers help individuals create links between what they know and new information.
- Engage students in active learning.
- Increase motivation in learning.
- Easy to use -don’t require an instruction manual.
- Wide variety -adaptable to any lesson plan or topic.
- Enhance comprehension.
- Examine relationships between stuff.
You can also check out Dr. Katherine McKnight’s books, Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers: 100 Reproducible Organizers that Help Kids with Reading, Writing and the Content Areas (2010, Jossey-Bass).
By Tracy Harrington-Atkinson
Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, a master’s in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.