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Tools for Thought: Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom
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by Jim Burke
Books on graphic organisers & visual tools have generally fascinated me for more than two decades, probably in the light of my own personal interests in visual thinking. Also, my strategy consultancy work with adults & teens in helping them to navigate reading materials is a contributing factor. I have already amassed a large collection of them in my personal library.
Strategically & tactically, I am a avid practitioner of visual thinking. When I read, I always annotate in the margins. I also strenuously use the MindManager Pro & SmartDraw Pro to support all my reading - & thinking - pursuits. All the interesting ideas captured in my marginal annotations - & insights from my reflections & assimilations - are alway transformed into mind-maps &/or mind-scapes.
This book has recently entered my library. It has been written by a English Language teacher. Therefore, I noted that the book has an obvious slant towards applications in language arts.
There are twenty six tools listed in the table of contents & twenty four of them are illustrated graphically in the Toolbox: Visual Directory of the Tools. Each tool has its own description, notes & examples, assessment standards as well as application possiblities. From the teaching standpoint, the inclusion of thirty two reproducible tools for classroom use is certainly an added benefit for teachers.
The 'Annotations' on page 1 is definitely not a graphic organiser. The author admitted that "it looks a little different from the other tools, yet it is no less a tool.Read more ›
Every high school teacher needs a copy of this book. If you're looking for something to give a new teacher, I'd recommend this.
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Burke provides tools and insight to get the early educator on the right path for student support.Published 16 months ago by Jennifer
I lobe this book was very helpful for me. got very good teacher training with it.Published 18 months ago by Carmen Vargas
This resource arrived quickly and was as described. It will be very useful to me as a classroom teacher. I love all of Jim Burkes resources, but this one is a must-have!Published on February 8, 2014 by SB82
I received the book, which is fantastic by the way, in perfect condition. It arrived as stated and on time. All is well with this purchase. Thank you.Published on February 18, 2011 by Justin Banham
Filled with graphic organizers and ideas for teachers--this is a great companion to his textbook for English Teachers. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by MICHAEL