Thinking Maps



Thinking Maps are visual teaching tools that foster and encourage lifelong learning. The entire program is grounded in the latest brain research, and is comprised of eight maps, each of which corresponds to eight fundamental thinking processes defining, describing, classifying, comparing/contrasting, sequencing, seeing part-whole relationships, distinguishing cause and effect, and seeing analogies. The strength of these maps is that they can be utilized individually or in various combinations to form a common visual language for students and teachers at all grade levels, and in all subject areas across the curriculum.

The premise upon which Thinking Maps is based is that if every teacher within a school utilized consistent visual tools across all grade levels and content disciplines, students could learn more effectively and more efficiently. Objectives could be covered in less time, and with greater retention. Cause and effect reasoning in one class would be presented and taught to students in a similar manner throughout the curricula, as would every other thought process! This common visual language would become such a familiar part of students' education that it would remain an effective learning tool throughout their academic careers - and beyond.

ISC is committed to lifelong learning and to providing our students with the metacognitive tools that they will use throughout their school careers - tools that promote continuous cognitive development, integrated thinking and interdisciplinary learning. All teachers at ISC have been trained in the implementation and use of Thinking Maps. They are being used by teachers and in subject areas across the curriculum here at ISC.


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