• Why Thinking Maps?

     The Process of Creating Thinking Maps:

    • stimulates the brain's natural tendency to detect patterns
    • establishes a common visual language that crosses all content areas
    • enables students to hook new information to their individual experiences and understandings
    • requires interaction and movement, accessing students' semantic and episodic memories to strengthen connections
    • supports students of all  learning styles and language proficiencies as they construct meaning
    • provides informal assessment data so teachers can plan for differentiated instruction to reach common goals
    • improves upon the practice of utilizing graphic organizers, placing the emphasis on thinking
    • supports students in critical thinking, a life-long skill!