Monday, October 12, 2009

Organizational Tools for Learning

Reflecting on this article from Lake Cormorant Middle School on integrating Think Maps to organize information, I can’t help but think that the idea might benefit our students needing remediation, and all of our struggling students for that matter. As I read tests to our resource students and one after another obviously has not read the chapter, or taken any notes, I realize our students do not know how to study. Those that do take notes, I find the notes disorganized and virtually useless. This subpopulation of students, as well as others I’m sure, would greatly benefit from learning to use Think Maps to organize information. By beginning the school year with this concept in every classroom, Lake Cormorant students rapidly mastered the process without other learning being affected. For teachers searching for a way to differentiate instruction in their classroom, this is a possible avenue that could benefit all students.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great idea. I wonder if we might incorporate teaching organizational and note-taking skills as part of the advisory period we've talked about.