Visualizing how ideas fit together helps students construct meaning and strengthens recall. Graphic organizers outsource the memory demands of a task by mimicking the brain's mental schema, supporting students' cognitive development and, in turn, their problem-solving and Reasoning skills.
Graphic organizers can be integrated in all subjects, beyond just English Language Arts. For example, as they do with their ideas on stories in this video, students can use graphic organizers to compartmentalize their mathematical thinking and find patterns in math problems.
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Products like Creately provide graphic organizer templates and diagramming tools. With colorful, dynamic, and editable graphic organizers, learners and teachers can customize their work to meet their needs.