Advance Organizer

Description
An advance organizer is an outline or pattern that structures the elements of a lesson or learning task to support student planning and learning. Students use advance organizers to
focus their learning and to assist with the selection, organization, and synthesis of information or to provide a breakdown of the steps required for task completion. Advance
organizers demonstrate how knowledge is structured and provide a frame of reference for the lesson so that each part can be more easily understood. The steps presented in an
advance organizer are dependent on the learning experience or task (for example, in science, the steps might be observations, hypotheses, experimental design, experimental
results, and drawing conclusions).

Method
The teacher:
  • models the use of the advance organizer;
  • refers to the organizer when setting time lines for learning;
  • uses the organizer when presenting new ideas and concepts;
  • assists students with understanding the reasons for the selection of organizers;
  • uses the organizer to help students see relationships and connections in learning;
  • teaches students the skills of selection, organization, and synthesis using organizers.

Considerations
Advance organizers:
  • require flexibility, in that some students will want to work to a prepared outline and others will want to design their own outline.

Illustrations From The Mathematics Classroom

Elementary
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Secondary
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