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EdCamp Thinking Maps
Transcript of EdCamp Thinking Maps
Implementing Thinking Maps in your classroom:
The Bubble Map is used for describing using adjectives (and adjective phrases). The Bubble Map is a tool for enriching students' abilities to identify qualities and characteristics using descriptive words.
For describing using adjectives
Double Bubble Map
For comparing and contrasting
Show similarities and differences
In the center circle, write the word or thing being described. Write the adjectives or adjective phrases in the outside circles.
The benefit aspect of thinking maps is that they organize ideas in a logical manner that helps develop critical and logical thinking.
organize ideas or concepts
develop understanding and analysis about the subject in question by examine the relationship between the main idea and sub concepts.
Brightman, J. (2003). Mapping methods for qualitative data structuring (QDS). Paper presented at conference of Strategies in Qualitative Research: Methodological issues and practices using QSR NVivo and NUD*IST. Institute of Education, London. 8-9 May 2003.
Eppler, M. J. (2006). A comparison between concept maps, mind maps, conceptual diagrams, and visual metaphors as complementary tools for knowledge construction and sharing. Information Visualization, 5, 202 - 210. Published electronically in the WWW. Lugano, Switzerland Sept. 22 June, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2012, from http://liquidbriefing.com/twiki/pub/Dev/RefEppler2006/comparison_between_concept_maps_and_other_ visualizations.pdf
Used for brainstorm and defining in context
A circle map helps define an idea or thing
In the center circle, put the words, picture, numbers, or objects that represent what you are trying to define.
In the outside circle, put any words, pictures, numbers, or objects that help define what is in the center circle.
Outside in the frame, put where you got your information from.
Any grade, class, or subject can use Thinking Maps
Formal or informal training
Each of the eight Thinking Maps are listed with an example of each on the handout
Benefits of Thinking Maps
According to Dr. David Hyerle:
Students learn more effectively and more efficiently
Objectives are covered in less time and with greater retention
Thought processes are represented similarly throughout the curricula
Promotes integrated thinking and interdisciplinary learning in schools
Teachers can easily gauge student knowledge prior to a specific lesson
Student performance can be tracked accurately over time
Students gain effective tools to use across their academic careers
What is the purpose of Thinking Maps?
To help students construct and organize their knowledge
Used to improve the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics
Helps to build problem-solving skills and develop higher-order thinking abilities
For Sequencing and Ordering
Student Flow Map Samples
Flow Maps help students recall important events in a narrative and sequence
them in order of occurence
For Causes and Effects
Flow maps can help students sequence events
in chronological order.
Middle School Flow Maps
Flow maps can even
help with math!
Multi-Flow Maps help students understand and list the causes and effects of an event.
The student asks the question: "Why did this event happen?" or "What led up to this event?" The CAUSES are recorded on the left.
The student asks the question: "What happened as a result of this event?" The EFFECTS are recorded on the right.
Look how these Multi-Flow Maps
have been used in the classroom!
This multi-flow map was used to help the student understand "why" it is important to learn basic math facts. Perfect for the middle schooler that wants to know why they have to learn certain standards.
This multi-flow map was created by a teacher to help her students understand how the causes of their actions led to consequences. It can be modified to help students see how positive behavior leads to rewards as well.
Every idea is connected to another idea or concept and linked back to the original idea.
How are they different than graphic organizers?
Why are they so effective?
Thinking Maps are a transformational language for learning.
They map the eight fundamental thinking skills undertaken by the brain.
Thinking Maps provide a common
language for thinking and learning across whole learning communities.
spur metacognition by directing students to verbalize plans and strategies for solving challenging problems;
encourage students to share their thinking as they monitor their progress, evaluate their strategies, and generate alternative strategies
Using Thinking Maps, teachers can
Defining in context
What are the eight thinking processes?
Thinking Maps are not simply graphic organizers!
Ready-made graphic organizers do not help students understand the required thought process.
Students must become independent thinkers.
Thinking Maps turn an abstract concept (cause and effect reasoning) into a visual representation
Any questions on the Circle Map?
What do we know about MLK jr.?
Flow Maps help identify relationships between stages and substages of an event.
Used for Classifying and grouping
Especially good for studying and organizing expository essays