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1 Thinking Maps Objective: Saddleback staff will learn basic concepts about ThinkingMaps
2 Thinking Maps Visual teaching tools that foster and encourage lifelong learningTools correspond witheight fundamental thinkingprocesses
3 What are Thinking Maps? • Visual Patterns • 8 cognitive skills TM, developed by Dr. David Heyrle, are visual teaching tools that foster and encourage lifelong learning. They are based on a simple yet profound insight: The one common instructional thread that binds together all teachers, from Kinder though postgraduate school, is that they all teach the same thought processes.Based on well-accepted academic study and Brain research, the 8 TM tools correspond to 8 FUNDAMENTAL thinking processes More than simple task-specific graphic organizers, these tools can be used individually or in various combinations to form a COMMON VISUAL LANGUAGE for students and teachers, at all grade levels, in all subjects.
5 Why Thinking Maps?Researchers at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) have identified nine instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and across all grade levels.Classroom Instruction That Works, by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock.
6 Nine Instructional Strategies Comparing and ContrastingClassifyingSeeing Analogies6
7 Brain and Culture"...Individuals seek out stimulation that is consistent with their established internal structures, and ignore, forget, or attempt to actively discredit information that is consistent with these structures.”Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change, by Bruce Wexler
8 Multiple Intelligence Theory (Howard Gardner) • Intrapersonal Intelligence“…involving the capacity to understand oneself, to havean effective model of oneself, including desires, fears, andcapacities - and to use such information effectively inregulating one’s own life.”"Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences”,by Howard Gardner
9 Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner) • Interpersonal Intelligence“To understand the intentions, motivations, and desires of otherpeople and, consequently, to work effectively with others.”Interpersonal Intelligence is more concerned with relationships, a key intelligence for teachers as they create a collaborative learning environment.We need to understand how each student learns so that they can use their individual learning strengths in groups. In doing so, students need to become aware of their personal intelligences by metacognitive reflection and teacher and peer feedback.The use of TM as an open space for co-construction provides a common frame for students to act out their styles in pursue of a common product."Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences”,by Howard Gardner
10 Thinking Foundation http://www.thinkingfoundation.org/ • research on cognitive and critical thinking skills development at the pre-school, K-12 and college levels• supporting research that investigates and facilitates change in public schools with great academic need.• research that looks at the interdependency and interplay of culture, language, and cognition.
13 Saddleback & Lathrop Teachers Saddleback StudentsSaddleback & Lathrop TeachersHigh School TeacherRespected among studentsDisciplinarianGovernmentEconomicsSteveArmy ReserveLoves motorcyclesFriendshipMentor13
14 Adding a Frame of Reference How do you know what you know about this topic?Did your information come from a specific source?Is this information being influenced by a specific point of view?Who could use this information?Why is this information important?14
23 Graphic Organizers vs. Thinking Maps Although many of these graphics are so familiar to all of us, many teachers over-scaffold providing sometimes information in a way that students can fill in blanks without even thinking.
25 Benefits Students learn more effectively and more efficiently Objectives are covered in less time with greater retentionThought processes are represented similarly throughout the curriculaSchools promote integrated thinking and interdisciplinary learningTeachers can use TM as one more strategy to gauge student knowledge prior to a specific lessonStudents gain effective tools to use across their academic careers