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When implementing spatialsemantic organizers in your

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Unformatted text preview: on, 1995; Ruiz-Prima & Schavelson, 1996). Research supports concept mapping as an effective intervention for improving students’ organization and cohesion in writing, their ability to develop meaningful understandings, and their ability to reflect on their own misunderstandings (Sturm & Rankin-Erickson, 2002; van Boxtel, van der linden, Roelofs, & Erkens, 2002). When implementing spatial/semantic organizers in your classroom, there are some recommendations to consider (Baroody & Bartels, 2000; Merkley & Jeffries, 2000/2001; Katayama & Robinson, 2000). • Start small at first. Use a single topic with a few concepts to interconnect. 31 • Consider using technology designed for creating concept maps. They make it easier to produce and edit concept maps. • Actively involve students in the creation and use of maps. For example, provide incomplete maps that students are asked to complete as they take notes. Have students identify and reflect on the relationships that are portrayed. • Consider having students interact as th...
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