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Graphic Organizers add power, creativity and higher-order thought to learning

Graphic Organizers can be used to narrow thinking (bad), or to expand and make thinking flexible (good).

Graphic Organizers are the right tools...if they are used for the right reasons.

Some Graphic Organizers are designed as reusable/ multi-use templates, but the payoff for their use occurs when students’ thinking expands as a result of their use.

Sure, Graphic Organizers can be geared down to help students remember facts, recall correct answers, and memorize their test-taking “Strategies.”

However, Graphic Organizers shine when they stretch students’ thinking up the higher-order ladder.

Make the most of your instructional time with your students by choosing more complicated, complex, no-right-answer questions and activities for the organizers. Choose organizers that require creativity, analysis, and evaluation. Ditch the cram-facts-now-forget-facts-by-Friday style of Graphic Organizers

It’s All in the Presentation

The same Graphic Organizer can be used to elicit lower-level, or higher-order thinking. The main difference can be found in the quality of the higher-order questioning and the instructions that the teacher attaches to the assignment.

Graphic Organizers, by themselves, can be a fad. When master teachers craft assignments using Graphic Organizers to clarify and drive curriculum content (and students' construction of knowledge), Graphic Organizers can seem like magic.

Note: Graphic Organizers can work like magic, but, Graphic Organizers are not "Magic Bullets."

Link to the Graphic Organizer Starter Kit Download Page.

Graphic Organizer CD Online

We have placed our Graphic Organizer CD online.

You can download the entire CD as a single "ISO" image.

Here is the link to download the "ISO" image.

Link to download the Graphic Organizer ISO image file.

Our newsletter describes the process for creating the CD, or for downloading a free program that creates a CD from an "ISO" image file.

Link to our newsletter article that describes the Graphic Organizer CD.

Link to download the "ISO" image to CD program.