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Using Graphic Organisers

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Why use graphic organisers?

Graphic organisers are useful tools to include in teaching, learning and assessment activities.


Using the examples and templates

Suggestions for using the graphic organiser examples and templates in the classroom include:

Create a ‘Thinking Wall’

Thinking Wall

Figure 1: Thinking Wall

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Display the resources that support the thinking skills that are planned to be the focus for teaching and learning activities. This encourages both the teacher and students to refer to them and acts as a timely reminder.

Allow students to choose a graphic organiser that suits their thinking. For example, some students might enjoy the free-form nature of completing a recount of an excursion using a Mind Map, whereas more mathematical-logical thinkers may prefer to use a Lotus diagram for the same task. Have available for students a folder with photocopied blank templates or electronic templates for each graphic organiser. Not every graphic organiser needs to be explicitly taught. Provide completed examples and allow students to use and explore unfamiliar graphic organisers.

Encourage students to use the language of thinking by asking a few students to consider a question about the particular resource that is being used and to share their thoughts with the class at a later stage. For example:

The discussion that follows is invaluable in clarifying thinking.

Complete all sections of the graphic organiser to consider the problem after the initial response has been recorded. When students complete the sections of the graphic organiser the directions of their thinking will be challenged resulting in more lateral and in-depth thought.

Design graphic organisers to suit individual students or the specific problem. Encourage students to:

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