Thinking Maps® are visual tools for learning, and include eight visual patterns each linked to a specific cognitive process. By linking each thinking skill to a unique and dynamic visual representation, the language of Thinking Maps becomes a tool set for supporting effective instructional practice and improving student performance. Teachers may apply Thinking Maps in all content areas and all grade levels.
The eight map types are:
Circle Map: Define, Brainstorm, List, Identify, Tell everything they know.
|Tree Map: Classify, Categorize, Sort or group, Give sufficient and related details, Convergent and divergent thinking|
|Bubble Map: Describe, Identify characteristics, Identify properties, Identify qualities.|
|Double Bubble Map: Identify similarities and differences, Differentiate between characters or objects.|
|Flow Map: Sequence steps, stages or events, order information.|
|Multi-Flow Map: Causes and effects, Impacts and/or benefits, Reasons and/or results.|
|Brace Map: Identify the parts of a whole, Deconstruct problems, Show physical components.|
|Bridge Map: Connect related ideas and relationships, Understand analogies and metaphors.|
Videos: Thinking Maps in 10 Minutes or Less Series
The Thinking Maps Professional Learning Series is a collection of short videos designed to provide educators with ideas and instructional strategies to enhance teaching and learning. Click on the links below to view the videos that are currently available. We have provided descriptions for the videos below to help you determine which video might be helpful to you or feel free to watch them all! Please feel free to share your pictures and videos using #ThinkingMapsLake and let us know how it goes @TeachXLearn.
Get students energized and sharing their thinking! In this short video learn two strategies called “Map, Move, Map” and “Sneak-a-Peak” to increase the talking and thinking in your classroom. These easy to implement strategies can be used across content areas and grade levels to increase engagement and encourage students to construct, defend, and present their thinking.
If you enjoyed Engagement: Part 1, you will want to check out Engagement: Part 2. We share two more strategies that help to get students actively engaged in creating and sharing their Thinking Maps. Learn two strategies called “Mapping and Moving” and “Thinking About ________”. Both strategies encourage movement and help to wake your students’ brains up and engage with the content.
When students are creating Thinking Maps together as a group, how do you ensure that every student is responsible for contributing ideas? This short video provides you with two quick strategies that can help you as the teacher easily monitor the accuracy of the content and the contributions of your students.
In rigorous classrooms students are provided multiple opportunities to show their thinking and demonstrate learning. Utilizing Thinking Maps is a sure way to ensure this is happening in your classroom. Watch this short video to learn two important tips for structuring the way that students talk off their Thinking Maps to elaborate on their ideas and demonstrate new learning.
In five minutes learn two tips that will help your students write off their Thinking Maps and demonstrate that they are learning at high levels. These simple tips will help your students chunk ideas in their maps and write in a more sophisticated way. Whether you are writing for a short or extended time or writing briefly during a bell ringer to review content, these tips can help to ensure that your students demonstrate that they have truly mastered the learning.
LCS Thinking Maps Schools (School-Wide Implementation)
|Beverly Shores ES|
|Cypress Ridge ES|
|Eustis Heights ES|
|Fruitland Park ES|
|Grassy Lake ES|
|Lost Lake Elementary|
|Pine Ridge Elementary|
|Rimes Early Learning Center|
|Sawgrass Bay ES|
|Seminole Springs ES|
|The Villages Elementary|
|Cecil E. Gray Middle|
|East Ridge Middle|
|Mount Dora Middle|
|Oak Park Middle|
|Windy Hill Middle|
|East Ridge High|
|Lake Minneola High|
|South Lake High|