Knowledge Organisers – facts not fads

Summer Turner

There’s been an interesting set of discussions recently on the blogosphere about the use of knowledge organisers in schools. I don’t think there is a magic bullet which is the answer to educating children, I recognise that there are a variety of ways that teachers – and schools – find successful when they are trying to teach their pupils. I also hear the arguments from all sides that most teachers try to impart knowledge to their pupils. I think that there are nuanced arguments to be had about what teaching knowledge actually means and indeed what we mean when we say ‘knowledge’. However that’s a subject for another blog (or a whole series). I also don’t presume that knowledge organisers are the answer to teaching all knowledge, even the knowledge that I think should be taught. Yet I take issue with the idea that knowledge organisers are a fad, or an imposition…

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