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Magazine Issue 38: advance organisers
August 2013

This month ideas about and techniques for Advance Organisers

Article: Advance Organiser
New Resources
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

Advance Organisers

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Advance Organisers An Article describing the concept of the Advance Organiser and its benefits for pupil understanding and recall.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Winston Churchill

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Planning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Planning Assessment Visual Thinking Advance Organiser
Let me move your jaw
You enter the restaurant. The waitress leads you to a table. You sit down. “Your food’s on its way,” she tells you. “But I haven’t seen the menu or ordered my meal!” you reply. “Don’t worry madam, that’s my job. It’s all taken care of. You just wait there. And by the way, when your food arrives I’ll be more than happy to place it into your mouth and move your jaw up and down to help you chew.”

More than copying the LO
Acceptable? Surely not. Analogous to classroom learning? Quite probably. How often do pupils see the lesson menu before the learning begins? When do they ever get an overview and choices? How often do we teachers simply deliver up the (however well designed) learning tasks, cold and unannounced? Established research suggests that we should begin lessons by deeply connecting recent to immanent learning. And this is far more than an instruction to “copy down the learning objective”. This is the Advance Organiser.

What is an AO?
An Advance Organiser (AO) is designed specifically to prepare pupils for the upcoming lesson or sequence of lessons. It’s there to prime the pump, to join the dots, to give meaning and relevance to pupil experience. It’s a bridge from existing knowledge to new facts; from current skill levels to their next step; and from prevailing attitudes to their evolution. It’s both a map and a diary, a plan and a chronicle.

What do they look like?
Advance Organisers take many forms and include diverse content. Some may comprise bullet points of key learning themes; others could use narrative and analogy to paint a picture. Another approach might be simply skimming or scanning the upcoming material. Advance Organisers are often graphic: a visual overview, a concept map, mind map or well-chosen photograph.

What must they include?
But however they look, Advance Organisers have 4 things in common:

1. They present a higher level of abstraction than the learning they aim to connect (baked goods is a higher level abstraction of custard tart)
2. They connect prior and future learning
3. They provide a context and rationale for learning
4. They aim to improve understanding and recall

Describe the for new adventurers
The design and production of Advance Organisers needn’t be an onerous task for teachers, especially as the organiser itself is simply a representation of the learning territory being explored. The difference is that the teacher has been there before and knows the terrain. The pupils haven’t, and don’t, yet.

New Resources:

Advance Organiser Thinking

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Advance Organiser Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool to help you design and deliver Advance Organisers for pupil understanding and recall.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Teaching & Learning, Planning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser
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Advance Organiser Powerpoint

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Advance Organiser Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, to help you create powerful Advance Organisers quickly. Makes use of Powerpoint SmartArt.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Teaching & Learning, Planning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser
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Advance Organiser - Think Sheet

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Advance Organiser - Think Sheet A Think Sheet offering thinking prompts to help pupils understand and use Advance Organsiers. Especially suitable for younger GAT pupils.

Categories: Think Sheet, Gifted, Able & Talented, Planning, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser Gifted Able & Talented
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Although not strictly new, this resource hasn't been available for a couple of years, it was original released in Jun 07 - so if you have been on a mailing list for over 5 years you will have seen it before.

Chance Wall Thinking

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Chance Wall Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for whole class brainstorming and individual creative writing or composition.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking, Creativity, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Collaboration Display
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Additional Resources:

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InfoMe Thinking

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InfoMe Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool directed to professional development and providing a visual technique for representing personal skills and qualities.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Professional Development, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking Interview Preparation
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InfoMe Thinking Powerpoint

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InfoMe Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing prompts and images for you to create an InfoMe graphic - an engaging visual representation of your skills, qualities, knowledge and aspiration.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Professional Development, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking Interview Preparation
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Websites:

Advance & Graphical Organisers

Advance & Graphical Organisers A concise summary of Advance Organisers from John Hendron, Goochland County Public schools.

www.glnd.k12.va.us/resources/graphicalorganizers

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Categories: Websites, Boys' Learning, Planning

Tags: Advance Organiser Planning Visual Thinking



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