Thinking Maps Anyone?

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    Anyone ever attend this training? I went to the first day this week and am totally inspired! I love how it seems like a very simple way to incorporate the visual learners most people are, with critical thinking. I've heard of schools improving test scores when they use them across the board but was very skeptical going in (probably didn't help that it's 3 days I have to miss out of the classroom-I hate to do that), but I'm converted.

    I wondered if anyone had experience actually using them and whether they saw those positive outcomes?
     
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    We use them, but not in every class. Definitely very helpful for my students labeled with learning disabilities as well as my more visual learners.

    I love them in content areas, especially math!
     
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    I used them so much when I was teaching.....loved, loved, loved them!!
     
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    I just had students take notes from an article today with a thinking map. Students who don't usually take notes on their own will when I tell them to make a thinking map and let them use the mini-whiteboards. Interestingly, some of the higher performing students don't like the thinking maps and would rather take notes in an outline.
     
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    I went to a workshop conducted by Chris Yeager who helped Dr. David Hyerle develop Thinking Maps, and she was an awesome, entertaining, and very, very knowledgeable presenter! My school is a "Thinking Maps school", and we use all 8 maps from kindergarten through grade 6, so there is a lot of common language across the grade levels.

    My daughter is doing her student teaching, and she told me she was going to use a Venn Diagram to do a compare and contrast activity. I said, "Oh gosh, who can write ANYTHING in that tiny sliver where the two circles overlap?!" I taught her how to use a double-bubble map to compare and contrast, and she loved it. My second graders are adept in all 8 maps. Can you tell that I'm sold on thinking maps? Highly recommend!
     
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    Are there any good websites about thinking maps? I've never used them because I don't know what they are, exactly.
     
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    Yes, I'd love to see a website, too. It sounds like they are graphic organizers but designed for specific purposes?
     
  9. TeachingHistory

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    I just googled it. I think its thinkingmaps.com
     
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    Thanks-- this looks great!
     
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    We use thinking maps in our curriculum and the students love them.
     
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    I use it a lot with the kids. It's a great way to organize and capture thoughts.
     
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    Do you have to buy them to be able to use them or do they have free downloads somewhere?
     
  14. KinderCowgirl

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    You would have to partake in the training I think to get the true value of them and it's pretty expensive. If you Google it you can see examples, but I don't think it's the same.

    I am just dying to go back tomorrow and get them started. I spend so much time trying to find rigorous activities-and one tool was right there all along, who knew? My kids are going to love them and it's going to help them in making connections and deep thinking so much.

    Now I'm going to have to convince my team to use them-that should be interesting! :whistle:
     
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    It is an awesome training!!!!! I've been to the pathways to proficiency and trainers of trainers. Fantastic way to teach and an amazing way for kids to show their thinking. I highly reccomend looking into them. My site is a Thinking Maps school and it is quite unbelievable.
     
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    yep - my school uses them from Pre-K on up!
     

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