Bellanca's The Cooperative Think Tank II: Graphic Organizers to Teach Thinking in the Cooperative Classroom arms educators with techniques for empowering students to be self-directed learners and aid them in discovering their own internal motivation and problem-solving skills. Offering 12 new graphic organizers in addition to the dozen presented in The Cooperative Think Tank I, this book includes an "invent your own" model as well. The graphic organizers can be easily implemented into any classroom from primary through college levels.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Prediction Tree 2. The KLW 3. The PMI 4. The Information Chart 5. Fat and Skinny Questions 6. The T-Chart 7. The Gathering Grid 8. The Question Matrix 9. The Scale 10. The Frame 11. The Problem-Solving Chart 12. The Decision Maker's Flow Chart 13. Invent Your Own 14. Integrating Organizers Across the Curriculum 15. Evaluating Student Work Blacklines Bibliography
James Bellanca founded SkyLight Professional Development in 1982. As its president, he mentored more than a dozen author-consultants as he led SkyLight in pioneering the use of strategic teaching and comprehensive professional development. Prior to meta-analyses that marked the effectiveness of cooperative learning, graphic organizers, and other cognitive strategies on student achievement, Bellanca coauthored more than a dozen texts that advocated the application of these tools across the curriculum, with the theme, "not just for the test but for a lifetime of learning." Currently, Bellanca is building on the theories of cognitive psychologist Reuven Feuerstein to develop more effective responses to the learning needs of low-performing students whose academic achievement continues to lag behind those who have greater learning advantages.