A graphic organizer forms a powerful visual picture of information and allows the mind 'to see' patterns and relationships.
We use them everyday in our lives. The most common example is the calendar. Although we don't refer to the calendar as a graphic organizer it is. The calendar is a descriptive matrix. It helps us to gather, sift, sort and share information. Using a calendar, patterns and relationships emerge from the information as if by magic. Emerging patterns and relationships create opportunities for decision making and sharing information.
The graphic organizer is a powerful yet under utilized tool. When used by adults and children they marvel at how they can help. Why are they so under utilized?
Until now, we were bound by typewriter mentality and cumbersome paper, pencil and eraser. Newly developed software programs ease designing and rearranging. They allow us to cut, clip, paste and move information at will.
Graphic organizers can help you and your students. There seems to be no end to the uses and variety of graphic organizers that have been created. This is a significant factor. Graphic organizers are highly personalized and reflect individual thinking.
I invite you to explore different forms of graphic organizers, their uses and development.
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