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Knowledge organisers

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by defenceagainstthedarkarts, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. defenceagainstthedarkarts

    defenceagainstthedarkarts Occasional commenter

    Are these the new APP nonsense? Everywhere I turn I seem to see one.
  2. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    They have a long history in research dating back to the 50s, so far from new!
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    They're fine - what's the problem.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Crib-sheets masquerading as textbooks.
  5. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    I think they can't be useful - when they are blanked out with just headings, and the students have to fill them in themselves. Otherwise it's just a condensed text book, no thinking required
    ATfan and agathamorse like this.
  6. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    The basic idea behind a knowledge organiser is that the essential facts needed in a topic are placed together in a single place. It should be a distilled version of a textbook. Whilst I don't use them with all my classes, they are very useful for less able students when they are trying to revise.
    MissGeorgi and agathamorse like this.
  7. carterkit

    carterkit Occasional commenter

    They are fantastic for SEND pupils, particularly those with MLD/SLD who simply cannot retain and process too much information and for pupils with ASD who find it difficult to identify the key points in a mass of information. I use them for all pupils as GirlGremlin suggests and turn them into Cloze exercises to help them get started on revision.

    The problems arise when someone other than the subject teachers starts to dictate exactly what should be contained in the knowledge organiser and how they should be used regardless of the needs of the pupils.
    agathamorse and GirlGremlin like this.
  8. purplecarrot

    purplecarrot Senior commenter

    Yes, very true. Alternatively, another problem is when instead of thinking about what information is best for the students in front of them, departments download lots from the internet and think that'll solve their problems without considering if it's appropriate.
    agathamorse and carterkit like this.
  9. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    I’ve never heard of it, so it must be rubbish...
    BelleDuJour and agathamorse like this.
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I'm soooo pleased you posted this. I've never heard of them either.
    BelleDuJour, agathamorse and Pomza like this.
  11. SCAW12

    SCAW12 Occasional commenter

    I gave my Year 11s some I found online, in a last ditch attempt that they may revise after all...
  12. drek

    drek Star commenter

    They usually end up as copied and pasted bits of well known published revision guides and online resources.

    Rather poor black and white versions slogged over in non contact time by someone in the department aiming for the next leadership rung.

    Probably not paid. Schools have been very obviously pointed in this direction in the hopes of meeting new ofsted regs.

    Possibly at a one day aspiring middle leader course on 'what do ofsted want to see' run by an ofsted know it all (dubious title of consultant attached) at a small cost of 500 pounds for half a day with biscuits and tea provided......

    Hours could have been saved by simply using web resources that the school probably has a purchased licence for......

    Which is now shelved and an unnecessary waste of money so that teachers can help their aspiring middle leader evidence their role.......

    Inefficient and unproductive but hey ho thats how our system runs...

    All for one....and then another one and then...another one.....endlessly
    agathamorse likes this.
  13. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    Like most things, if they are used badly or lazily as a gimmick by teachers they will have little effect.

    Use them regularly over time, and allow your high prior attainers to develop their own, and they can be an effective tool.
    agathamorse and purplecarrot like this.
  14. drek

    drek Star commenter

    The key is in the phrases teachers and like most things.........
    Change teachers to students and student progress will increase.
    Lots of parents buy a plethora of well produced revision guides, tutoring etc....
    Unless the student themsrlves puts in the practice and repeat work, nothing will stick.......
    GirlGremlin likes this.
  15. drek

    drek Star commenter

    No amount of work by teachers nor a plethora of handmade handbooks will improve student progress beyond a certain point.
    Whether its learning a musical instrument, new language, maths etc....
    Consistent hard work .....practice repeat practice.......by the student however....
    .............and the difference is amazing......
  16. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Just a fancy name for revision notes.
    Everything in education has to have a fancy name now or an acronym.
  17. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    I found they can be useful as a change of activity when for some pupils when revising. They have been around for some time.
    Jamvic likes this.

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