Brain Frames

Brain Frames are a set of graphics that organize, but they aren’t traditional graphic organizers.

Forget about pre-made handouts — a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and the right strategy will do the job. By drawing their own Brain Frames from scratch, teachers and students can show what’s in their brains by constructing a visual “frame” so they can see, reflect on, and share what they know and understand. Thus, they can visually capture their ideas graphically without being constrained or frustrated by someone else’s pre-made organizer.

Brain Frames are visual-spatial displays of the patterns underlying basic things we do with language every day.

All day, every day, from a very young age, we:

  • tell what we know
  • sequence ideas
  • make comparisons
  • show contrasts
  • identify causes
  • recognize effects
  • categorize
  • show relationships between concepts

Awareness of these patterns is largely unconscious to most people but directly influences comprehension, and academic success.

Brain Frames give students organizing frameworks needed for academic success. They are a manageable set of graphics that will help them “do school.” They can use then in any subject and any grade level. Similarly, Brain Frames give teachers a manageable set of effective graphics that they can use across their curriculum.

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