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!