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shannonsilver
Thinking Maps
Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:05
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In my professional opinion, the best way to teach students to use TMs is to totally immerse them in to using them for everything. For instance, I used them for an attendance system in the morning. The students would drag their names into the circle map that was on the SMART board to show that they were present. From there I could easily do my attendance on the computer. If we made choices as a group for something or if we generated ideas for a KWL we would use a circle map. I used a bridge map for our daily analogies that was apart of morning work. We used tree map for a plot chart and bubble map for character analysis or describing something in science or social studies. I created flow maps for directions I wanted them to follow step by step such as, Good Morning-unpack your book bags- turn in your homework-check in on the Smart board-begin morning work. There are so many other ways that we used them I would be here all day. I'm sure you get the gist. Try to find ways to use them for anything you want the students to do to where they begin thinking in an organized way.

  • Thinking Maps - megangouge, Thu Sep 24 14:10
    I am on the same boat as you Haley, I was not teaching when Thinking Maps were adopted but I remember seeing them at the old school on the walls of the teachers that were trained. I would like to... more
    • Thinking Maps - shannonsilver, Sat Sep 26 10:05
      • Ideas - megangouge, Sun Sep 27 12:19
        Great ideas Shannon! Thanks! I haven't ever thought of having their morning or afternoon routines shown in a graphic organizer! Many times I also give them steps on the board to finish work but... more
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