Visual Thought and Graphic Organizers
Graphic Organizers are important learning tools because visual thought is so important in learning.
Visual thought is more basic than verbal/ logical thought; and easier to learn. Visual thought is more efficient...remember the adage about how many words a picture is worth?
Teachers need to consider that visual tools may reach students (and communicate concepts, constructs, ideas, and information) in ways that talking (lecturing) to these students seldom can.
Graphic Organizers reach this group through their preferred channel of learning, so using Graphic Organizers is an important tool to target through this Intelligence.
The group of children that think primarily by using pictures may be around 25% of the school age population. But, it really doesn't matter if the actual number is 24%, or 30%, or 20%.
Teachers need to teach all children.
Fortunately, experiences with visual thought are beneficial to the 75% of children that learn primarily by tactile-kinesthetic-proprioceptive ways, and the 1% that learn best through verbal-auditory channels.
When visual learning is added as a strategy for classroom communication, everyone benefits.
And what is the easiest way to add visual learning to classroom communication? Graphic Organizers, of course.
Reaching 24% of your students in a more profound way, because your instruction targets their preferred sensory modality, results in better student outcomes from that group.
Helping 75% of your students explore visual thinking benefits that group because they need to learn to communicate with people that are primarily visual thinkers. They might encounter a visual mode professor or boss someday, and might need to know how to change their language to communicate in another way.