The central purpose of Oliver Caviglioli and David Goodwin's book is to help teachers organise ideas through the use of graphic organisers.
Over 35 such word-diagrams are: organised into a system to help select the right tool for the job; described for rapid understanding of their strengths; and explained for step-by-step construction.
More than 50 teachers each have a double-page spread in which they reveal how they use them in their teaching — across the full age range and span of subjects. A further section of the book demonstrates how to use these word-diagrams most effectively by partnering them with other teaching strategies, such as retrieval practice, writing, speaking and listening, teacher explanations, advance organisers, scaffolding, remote learning and more.
The pages are illustrated to the same quality and quantity in Oliver’s previous book, Dual Coding with Teachers, its natural companion. A must-have textbook for every teacher that transcends contemporary ideological allegiances and fads.
About the Authors
Oliver has been using graphic organisers for five decades, wrote a clutch of books about their use in school 20 years ago, and since then has been training teachers in their use. For a decade he was a headteacher of a special school. More recently, he has specialised in visualising educational ideas and processes, as well as illustrating books for leading educationalists such as professor Paul Kirschner and the Learning Scientists. His biggest project is his collaboration with Tom Sherrington on the Teaching WalkThrus books and online resources.
David is the head of year 10 and 11 and a geography teacher at a school in Lincolnshire. He has previously spotlighted in books written by Kate Jones and illustrated a series of graphic organisers, which appear in Michael Chiles’s The Feedback Pendulum. Whilst David has used graphic organisers in his teaching for many years, it is only more recently — charged by the cognitive science movement — that he has unearthed their full potential. David hopes that Organise Ideas serves to give teachers confidence and the knowledge to use graphic organisers.