Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages
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Instructor: Erin Long-Crowell
An advance organizer is a very useful tool for teachers to help students understand, retain and remember new learning material. In this lesson, we define an advance organizer and discuss examples and benefits of use in the classroom.

Advance Organizers

Analogies are commonly used as advance organizers
Advance Organizer Analogy

'Information overload.' What comes to mind when you think of those words? Have you ever experienced information overload when studying for an exam or even just when sitting in class? Sometimes learning everything that's required can be overwhelming and seem nearly impossible. Even if you are provided with all of the information, it can be hard to remember everything.

This is a challenge that teachers face regularly. We must provide our students with large amounts of information in a way that helps them understand, retain and remember it. There are a number of strategies that teachers use to do this, but the one we'll discuss in this lesson is the use of advance organizers.

An advance organizer is a tool used to introduce the lesson topic and illustrate the relationship between what the students are about to learn and the information they have already learned. They are used during expository instruction, which is the use of an expert to present information in a way that makes it easy for students to make connections from one concept to the next.

By using an advance organizer to link the new information to old information, the new information can be remembered more easily. There are three basic purposes of advance organizers. First, they direct students' attention to what is important in the upcoming lesson. Second, they highlight relationships among ideas that will be presented. Third, they remind students of relevant information that they already have.


Venn diagrams help students make connections between information
Venn Diagram Example

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