GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS AS COGNITIVE INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM TRANSACTION By Dr. Issac Paul

Graphic Organizers are important and effective pedagogical tools for organizing content and ideas and facilitating learners’ comprehension of newly acquired information. Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (2006) posits that students are better able to learn and internalize information when more than one learning modality is employed in an instructional strategy. Because Graphic Organizers present material through visual and spatial modalities and reinforce what is taught in the classroom, the use of Graphic Organizers helps students internalize what they are learning. (Mc Knight, Katherine 2010).

For today’s classroom, nothing is more essential to successful teaching and learning than strategy based instruction. It is through the use specific teaching strategies and learning tools; when they were integrated into classroom experiences; students are better able to understand new materials. Creating a strong visual picture, Graphic Organizers support students by enable them to see connections and relationships between facts, information and terms. Graphic Organizers are effective tool for transacting curriculum that support success, active and effective learning in the classroom. Students are prompt to ask questions and encourage building and applying crucial thinking skills while developing tools for learning. Graphic Organizers can be used for any subject matter and are easily integrated into core curriculum.