Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Tip 26: Use a Range of Graphic Organizers

Posted on April 26, 2012 in Autism, Inclusion, News

For visual learners, the use of a graphic organizer can provide a structure for studying. Some can also make abstract concepts concrete and comprehensible. Graphic organizers are not only important to use in the classroom; they are a tool that educators should be sharing with parents to make homework easier to tackle. We are sharing a few examples of graphic organizers here:

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Keep in mind that even young children can use graphic organizers. Take a cue from this clever teacher at a blog called Kindergarten Tales. Her students are creating Venn diagrams using hula hoops.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

How else could you take graphic organizers “off the page”?

To find more (lots more) ideas, visit the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education Place website.


  1. From Linda on 26 Apr 2012

    Thanks so much for sharing all these ideas!

  2. From Jessica on 27 Apr 2012

    We use these all the time! They really do wonders for students, teachers, and parents! We also use the hula hoop idea in our first grade class and all of the students really get a big kick out of it!

  3. From Julie Mecikalski on 27 Apr 2012

    For a change, I have done human graphs and charts. It allows for students to move around instead of sitting for lengthy periods of as well as involvement with other students.

  4. From Paula Kluth on 27 Apr 2012

    Great idea Julie – thanks for sharing!! :)

  5. From Mindy on 28 Apr 2012

    I had forgotten about human graphs! Will have to do them again!
    Thanks for the reminder!