A List of Free Graphic Organizers for Teachers and Students Graphic organizers are visual representations of ideas and topics. They are also called knowledge maps,story maps,concept maps,mind maps, cognitive organizers, advance organizers,or concept diagrams. Literature in the field of education strong supports the effective use of graphic organizers to enhance students learning and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Epicycloid The path traced out by a point on the edge of a circle of radius rolling on the outside of a circle of radius . Teachers toolbox - Decisions-Decisions There are two ways of analysing a topic. Students often think to do the first for themselves, but only some think to do the second. A. By sections: You can cut the topic up into discrete bits and look at these parts one at a time. This includes looking at a sequence of events.
Organize Stories: Activities That Help Your Students Shape Their Ideas Activities That Help Your Students Shape Their Ideas How to organize stories may well be the toughest of the writing traits to master! Try these fun hands-on activities and creative writing tips to help your students shape their ideas! Structuring a plot so that it makes sense to the reader is the essence of the organization trait. This trait works hand-in-glove with the ideas trait, because it is the ideas, ultimately, that are rearranged in a sensible fashion to convey a clear, exciting story. Organization may indeed be the most difficult trait for students to master.
Mind Mapping Tools Mind/Concept Mapping MindMapping.com Information and history of mind mappingMind-mapping.org List of all mind mapping, concept mapping, outlining, diagramming and related types of tools.Mind map libraries List of main libraries of mind maps.WikIT: Mindmapping Wiki Open for editing. Tool- and mapping-style neutral.Periodic Table of VisualizationJane Knight's MindMappingToolsVisualThinkMapNingRobin Good's Collaborative Map20 Essential Infographics and Data Visualization Blogs Mindmapping Tools MapMyselfDiagramic Gomockingbird Make clickable wireframes and prototypesVUE: Visual Understanding Environment (download from Tufts)Text2MindMap Text file to mind map web appGraphing Activities Shamble's exhaustive list of tools and activitiesLovely Charts Create drag and drop flowcharts, sitemaps, wireframes, org. charts, network diagramsChart Tool: pies, lines, bars, x-y, scatter, more!
Graphic Map The Graphic Map is designed to assist teachers and students in reading and writing activities. The organizer focuses on charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as chapters in a book, amounts of money spent, events during a day, month, year, or life, or scenes in a play. The Graphic Map creates a graphic representation of these high and low points that displays related images and descriptions. The interactive can be used as a prewriting activity, as students map ideas for an autobiography; as a postreading activity, as students map the significance of events in a story; and as a reflection and assessment activity, as students map the high and low points of their inquiry process. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Explanations: Top Ten Teaching Tips “There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.” Michel de Montaigne quotes (French Philosopher and Writer. 1533-1592) Very recently I responded to a question about great teaching by Joe Kirby (read this excellent blog post) with the answer that explanations, questioning and feedback were the holy trinity of teaching. I have written about questioning and feedback at length, but I have never written about teacher explanations. I thought about why and I considered that part of the problem is that explanations are so integral to everything that we do that we quickly learn our style and then explain away on autopilot pretty much for the rest of our career. I would argue that we need to reflect upon whether we are maximising the effectiveness of our explanations.
Recipes to Good Writing Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could teach students how to be good writers by simply following a recipe? While I certainly do not profess that teaching writing is as easy as following a recipe, I do hope the writing resources I have developed and found will help you and your students. As you explore the various writing recipe pages included on this site, please feel free to print out and use the worksheets, recipe cards, and checklists I have developed. Look for the measuring spoons as you explore: A red measuring spoon will link you to an online tool or generator. A green measuring spoon will link you to a site/worksheet you can download.
Visualize the Web Do you like concept maps? I do because I'm a "visual learner." I read a rather funny Twitter back and forth between two people the other day about in which one stated "We are all visual learners, so quit calling yourself that!" Teachers Guide on The Use of Graphic Organizers in The Classroom Some free resources on Graphic Organizers The following are some of the best websites where teachers can have free access to a variety of graphic organizers templates and other relevant materials. 1- Educational Place This website contains dozens of pre made graphic organizers that you can easily download or print off to use use in your classroom. 2- Ed Helper This is another popular website where teachers have free access to a plethora of printable graphic organizers covering all kinds of topics and themes. 3- Education Oasis This website contains over 50 free printable graphic organizers for teachers to use with their students. 4- Read Write Think This is one of my favourite resource.
lesstofplanning I’ve asked before why students don’t remember what they’ve learned: how we design instruction, the curriculum and assessment plays a large part. On first discovering cognitive science, Kris Boulton said it was “like being given the cheat codes to intelligence”. The models of memory and the mind in seminal texts like Dan Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School, the models of how we learn and the insights for instruction: this research has a lot to offer teachers. Teaching Writing with a Peer Editing Co-op — Jimmie's Collage At my local homeschool group’s October meeting, we divided up into grade levels with the middle school moms (6th – 8th) all meeting together. Our topic was writing, and some common trouble spots emerged as we shared our children’s situation with writing: weak editing skillsnot applying the writing skills they knowlack of proofreading skillslack of motivation for the tough steps of editing and revisingultra sensitivity to mom’s criticism during the writing process I don’t know who came up with the idea first, but many of us agreed that a peer editing session might do our middle school writers a world of good for all of these problems. And thus the peer editing coop was born.