Thinking Maps®

Neuroscientists tell us that our brain organizes information in networks and maps. Thinking Maps® is a language of visual tools grounded in the thinking process. They teach students to think about ideas and organize and express their ideas using the very same method that the brain uses. Students are excited and motivated to understand how their brains learn and remember content and processes. In my recent experience in a 5/6 elementary school, we pulled the six sessions together with Bridge Maps. In seeing the analogies of the stories with universal themes in the Bridge Maps we created, a 5th grade student declared, “We’re smart!”

Thinking Maps™, A Language for Learning by David Hyerle and Chris Yeager

  • Thinking Maps are based on eight fundamental thinking skills.
  • They are consistent visual language for schools.
  • They are highly flexible forms that can be used in combination.
  • Easily transferred across curriculum.
  • Student centered for cooperative learning.
  • Integrate content and process
  • Develop whole learning communities

Recommended order for introducing Thinking Maps™:
1. Circle Map
2. Bubble Map
3. Double Bubble Map
4. Tree Map
5. Brace Map
6. Flow Map
7. Multi-Flow Map
8. Bridge Map

A Circle Map defines in context.

Examples of  TMs used with this folktale from Spain.
‘The Endless Story’

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