Previously, I wrote about using depth and complexity with graphic organizers. I wanted to highlight that those graphic organizers shouldn’t (typically) be the final product.
A graphic organizer is a perfect “in-between” tool. It helps students gather their thoughts and organize them according to a certain type of thinking.
For us, it makes their thinking visible. You can peek at students’ process to see if they’re headed in the right direction, before they begin their final product.
But that Venn Diagram or Multi-Flow Map itself should rarely be the final product. Kids should take their thinking and create:
- a skit
- a brochure
- an essay
- a movie
- a website
Class walls shouldn’t be covered in graphic organizers, but authentic student products.
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