Really helpful info sheet from Oliver Cavigliol -love to hear about your work on these so please let me know. Tim.
There has been lots in the ‘twittersphere’ recently about the use of knowledge organisers, how these link to homework, revision and low stakes testing. As a result I have put some examples and guidance below as the approach can reduce teacher workload and improve student outcomes:
Joe Kirby writes about his use of KOs at pragmaticreform.wordpress.com.
James Theobald has created a collection of ready-made KOs at othamarstrombone.wordpress.com.
Shaun Allison writes about his use of KOs at classteaching.wordpress.com.
Thanks to Toby French at Torquay Academy for the above examples – he can be found on Twitter as @MrHistoire and is a great source of information and knowledge!
Knowledge organisers – could be really useful across all subjects so keen to hear your thoughts…
This post follows the huge interest in my last, How to use a knowledge organiser. It is deliberately generic, and so I will write a further post on how I began to create KOs for history.
At Torquay Academy we’re now looking at how to improve our KOs after introducing them school-wide in September. The advice below is what I have suggested to our staff.
Making a knowledge organiser
The KO is like a scheme of work, but simpler and more effective. It doesn’t need ‘Do Nows’ and chunked activities; it doesn’t need to be differentiated; it doesn’t need lots of detail. It is a whole course and a two-minute quiz, a revision timetable and a cover lesson.
It is not a bolt-on. The only thing that should come before it is what we want children to learn. It should underpin every single thing we do in every…
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