Filed Under (UnLearning Difficulties With NLP) on 22-03-2010
Graphic organizers are important not only for students with “learning disabilities” [I recommend replacing the word disabilities with the word difficulties because disability implies a static permanent state while difficulty implies a static but temporary state = we find a solution, implement it, practise, and the difficulty will change to ease…], but also for students with any abilities because:
- they provide an instant visual source of information
- students create a document which helps memorizing the subject, learning the word and memorizing it in the context of the subject, and trains students in writing – and neatness of writing
- a picture can be more memorable than words – especially to children who are used to pictures from birth to when they come across words at school [which is often what confuses their brains]. So when the writing is organized in a graphic organizer, people will more likely remember the sections of each topic as pictures. Adults also hanker pictures! We live in the most visual era of all times!
- as words are two-dimensional [which in many cases is exactly what confuses the brain], a graphic organizer adds the perception of three dimensions which makes it easier for the brain to handle
- since paragraphs of words can give an overwhelming / chaotic impression, graphic organizers will chunk the piles of words into manageable bits which will be easier to take in.