Monday, October 17, 2011

Thinking Maps with depth

I love the Thinking Maps program and have used them for the past 10 years. I've been a trainer for the past 7 years, and I still learn something every year that makes them even more powerful. Today when we returned for staff development day, our new principal, who was just trained during fall break, used them in our staff meeting the way they are meant to be used and most powerful: layered. If you've never seen this program, you can check it out here. One of the reasons I love this so much is that it is common language that uses 8 maps for every type of thinking. It pushes high kids, it supports kiddos with learning disabilities, and because the program is used schoolwide, it provides ease of use from year to year.

Besides layering, the outside frame of reference is used to reflect, question, analyze, and make conclusions. Here are some examples that my students did in a step book after reading a content rich piece. They had to use each type of "thinking."


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