Supplementary Resources

Visuals

Techniques and approaches that use visual structures to organise and communicate knowledge.

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DARTS

Lunzer and Gardener's Directed Activities Related to Texts (DARTS) was a 1980s programme to break down the skills of reading for understanding. Much of it was achieved through the use of Graphic Organisers. It was revived through its promotion in the National Literacy Strategy in secondary schools.

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Graphic Organisers

Graphic Organisers, says David Costa, reveal a person's thinking processes. Perfect, therefore, for teachers modelling their thinking and for teachers to identify misconceptions in their students' thinking. Discover the main types of Graphic Organisers and a simple process for using them.

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Lexical Mapping

The origin of Lexical Mapping is in the teaching of a second language, with the emphasis on vocabulary (lexical) and its meanings. The Mapping refers to the connections made between the vocabulary in the search for personal meaning. Syntax, or grammar, follows naturally as students communicate their meanings to one another.

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Manipulatives

Manipulatives are card-sorting activities that make visible learners' conceptions and misconceptions. Organised into 6 types, Manipulatives are a prime example of how expert teachers make their students' learning visible in order to assess and adapt their teaching.

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Making Manipulatives

A simple step-by-step way of converting a Graphic Organiser into cut-up Manipulatives, using it as a scaffold activity and, finally, checking for understanding.

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Napkin Sketching

We all understand explanations that are realistic rather than conceptual. Napkin Sketching converts ideas, concepts and processes into a human storyboard. Sketching here is drawing as communication, not as art. Enthusiastically adopted by managers for its clarity and concision.

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SOLO

John Biggs's SOLO model (Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome) is explained and visually depicted. It is a brilliant strategy to assess the depth of understanding and knowledge of your students. Easy to implement, it is also useable by students themselves for practical self-assessment and metacognition.

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Graphic Organiser Model

Know which Graphic Organiser tool to use for which thinking job. This structures all Graphic Organisers into just four types for practical and productive classroom use.

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Getting Going with Model Mapping

10 practical ways to get going with Model Mapping in your classroom. Practical strategies to integrate this powerful thinking tool into everyday processes.

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Positivism concept map for A level Sociology

The collaborative concept map created by sociology staff, a lecturer from LSE and Oliver Caviglioli, demonstrating how to create visual schema to aid student understanding, retention and recall.

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The Visual Advantage

Learning significantly improves with the addition of visuals. But not any old visual. Clip art, for instance, depresses learning. Discover which type of visual has the biggest impact on understanding and why video can overload the viewers' short-term memory.