Learners often have a difficult time expressing abstract concepts in concrete terms. A graphic organizer is one way to help them make the transition. Graphic organizers can be used individually or in small groups.
Graphic organizers are usually divided into sections that can help learners organize their thoughts and demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
In "Model Lesson: Teacher Interview: Using Graphic Organizers," adult education instructor Duane Lambert explains how he used the Frayer Model as a way to reconcile the difference between his own mental model and the mental models of his learners.
Using a graphic organizer can help learners with writing, problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making.
How does using a graphic organizer help learners to write a paragraph?
Why do you think one of the sections of the graphic organizer used in this video asks learners to draw a picture?
Do you think it helps or hinders understanding to have learners in small groups? Explain.
Discuss how graphic organizers might be used to teach math, reading, social studies, and science.
In the video "Model Lesson: Teacher Interview: Using Graphic Organizers," adult education instructor Duane Lambert discusses his use of the Frayer Model. Think of an upcoming lesson you have planned and create a graphic organizer for it. Adapt the headings to fit your lesson.
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