Using Graphic Organizers in Education
A graphic organizer is a tool for organizing information. Graphic organizers are very visual and generally combine a shaped chart or diagram with words in a way that shows you the information you have, helps you sort information into categories or steps, helps you learn what more you want to know, and helps you make a plan for finding out. Graphic organizers are also great for comparative information or categorizing, helping you see which categories have more data.
Sometimes being able to see information laid out in a new way helps learners see the information differently or more clearly. Also, because the information is in note form the organizer can help ensure that all of the important details are included in a written project.
Most graphic organizers are used in learning new information or in the planning stages of a project. Once information is placed in a graphic organizer, it is organized into categories and easy to find when needed.
The simplest graphic organizers help you categorize information or objects into categories. For example, a T chart has two columns. Each column has a category name at the top and room for a list below. Objects or ideas that fit in each category are listed in each column. which group things into two categories.