This clip shares a few tips on graphic organizers that can be used in an English class to enable students to view a topic or issue from a number of perspectives or to deconstruct ideas and concepts from a studied text.
Bubbl.us is an easy-to-use online tool designed to assist students with brainstorming and creating mindmaps. I have encouraged students to use it to plan the structure of their essays, including their point, evidence and their explanation. I have found that visual learners and students who struggle with motivation find it particularly engaging and helpful.
This article and clip discusses the the link between visualization through graphic organizers and comprehension of new material. It emphasizes the importance of providing a systematic backdrop on which students can arrange their ideas.
Graphic organizers are a great communication device that help focus a student's thoughts and ideas. This site looks at the three reasons why students should use graphic organizers, and the impact they can have on students' learning. It also addresses some of the common questions teachers ask about using graphic organizers with their students. It also provides a reference list of research that has been conducted into the use of graphic organizers and their impact on students' learning.