Thinking Maps 5-8 Training 10/8-9/08

What the research shows about Thinking Maps: Costa, Wolf, Gardner, & Goldman; Thinking Foundation Research;
What are the maps & how do they work?
This is the second part of a refresher on the 8 maps so the whole faculty is up to par with what they are, why we use them and how. This session will cover the remaining 4 of the basic maps: Flow Map, Multi-flow Map, Brace Map & Bridge Map. You will create some example maps using software called Inspiration, and we will create maps with pencil and paper.

There are templates to use for creating the maps with Word, PowerPoint, and Inspiration on the SOL_ILP Shared drive. They are in the 'Lessons to Share' folder > Thinking Map Examples > TM_Templates. If you have not already done so, copy the whole TM_Templates folder and then paste it in your 'My Documents' folder on your laptop.

To share across the PDP Blocks we will add map ideas to the following content specific pages. In other words, you will create maps or templates to use in your classes. Then you will learn to export the map as a Graphics file so you can upload it to the wiki. There is a list of department pages below, remember that only one person can edit a page at a time, so you may want to pair with others from your department to take turns. It is best to type your ideas into Word document and then paste them onto the page in "Edit" mode. Click on your department link & then click "Edit" at the top to add your ideas. In the following page, each of you should share how you plan to use two of these 4 specific maps in your classes in the next few weeks. Put a brief explanation of how you will use the map or what you want the kids to create (& then upload your example file.)
  1. Teach the 4 new thinking maps to your students - using personal knowledge - "My Story."
  2. Use the thinking maps for Content.
  3. Upload a sample Thinking map you have used in your classes.
Bring a map you have used with your classes in 2 weeks, when we do the next training.
Make Comments on these pages about the ideas of others.

Department Example Pages