Graphic Organizers are a fantastic, researched based tool to help students solidify academic knowledge, solve problems, or plan work. This video blog will give you some ideas on using graphic organizers with students.
Hi, I’m Keely from Learners Edge and I just wanted to share an instructional strategy with you today.
I wanted to talk about graphic organizers. Graphic organizers are an excellent way for you to help students who may have an auditory processing deficit but have a strength in visual processing. The other thing to remember is that any kind of visual representation that can be paired with auditory is really good for all learners as well.
So here are a couple of examples:
- This graphic organizer, which could just be found through a web search, helps students to write paragraphs. The main idea, or introduction, would be here. The conclusion would be here, so that’s the bun. And then in the middle of your hamburger would be the details of your paragraph. So, that’s one example used for writing.
- This example I like for vocabulary. And what it does is it asks the student to define the word in their own words. It asks for important characteristics. And it also asks for examples and non-examples. And then sometimes we allow the student also to draw their own picture as well.
- The third and final graphic organizer I have is a problem solving graphic organizer. This can be used if you have students who struggle with social situations or maybe for some conflict resolution. But it asks the student to put the problem at the top and then list out some choices. And then it allows the student to evaluate each of the choices with pros and cons, and then finally decide on a solution.
You can find many graphic organizers online (see links below for some great resources). And it’s a great strategy for all students, including students with special needs.
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Graphic organizers are useful educational tools in any subject area. They can help students organize their thoughts and ideas for answering questions, function as a pre-writing tool for essays, and provide a visual display of information. They are useful not only for all students, but are especially beneficial when it comes to teaching students with special needs.
Check out these great links to find sample graphic organizers:
For additional resources and tips on teaching students with special needs, check out a few of our other blog posts below:
- Creating the Most Suitable Self-Contained Classroom
- Fidgets for the Classroom
- Teaching Students with ADHD
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