Instructional Learning and Digital Resources
James Dean, Ed.s.
Florida & Mid-West Representative
Thinking Maps, Inc.
Senior Director, Language & Culture Center of Excellence
"This concept fits everything we need in regards to reaching across all grade levels and content in a uniform manner. Thinking Maps allows us build capacity in a way that supports ELL, students with disabilities and at risk students. What we are essentially doing is providing a way for students to visually represent their thought process in order to demonstrate critical and creative thinking. Thinking Maps provides us with tools and specific process for developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We have been implementing Thinking Maps for just over a month and the excitement and work that the students have produces is very powerful"
- EL Teacher
"I have been struggling with my students and then I remembered Thinking Maps and it was the missing link. I need to use Thinking Maps."
- Middle School Teacher
"The thing that has helped me the most this year has been the maps. They help me to think better and I don't get angry."
- Student with learning disabilities during his IEP when asked what has helped him the most
What is Thinking Maps?
Thinking Maps is a whole-school solution designed to build foundational critical thinking, problem solving, comprehension, and communication skills necessary for academic success. The eight Maps, which correlate to core cognitive processes, provide a common visual “language for learning” that is used across all grade levels and content areas to improve academic outcomes for students of all backgrounds and ability levels.
Thinking Maps combines in-person training, teacher resources, and ongoing blended support through the online Thinking Maps Learning Community (TMLC) and trained teacher leaders to promote sustainable, meaningful school change.
How to Implement
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Thinking Maps is a whole-school strategy that requires students, teachers, and school leaders to think differently about how they process and convey information. Consistency and fidelity are critical to the success of a Thinking Maps implementation.
A successful Thinking Maps implementation includes:
We offer a range of introductory and advanced training options and supplemental materials, all designed to support a coordinated, successful, school-wide Thinking Maps implementation.
Thinking Maps: A Language for Learning
A Language for Learning establishes the foundation for schools implementing Thinking Maps. Thinking Maps are consistent visual patterns linked to eight specific thought processes. This training focuses on developing the common "language for learning" across all grades and content areas and preparing teacher leaders to support sustainable, meaningful school change.
Write from the Beginning…and Beyond
Write from the Beginning…and Beyond is a whole-school, comprehensive writing program that leverages Thinking Maps to enable students to organize their thinking for effective written and oral communication.
Path to Proficiency for English Language Learners
Path to Proficiency teaches teachers how to modify the use of the Maps to provide differentiated instruction to English Language Learners (ELLs) and others who need additional support with language.
School and district leaders will get an overview of the theory and practice of Thinking Maps, develop strategic goals and a data-driven Plan of Action specific to each school, and create a Contract for Success outlining action steps and assessment metrics for their implementation.
Thinking Maps Learning Community (TMLC)
The Thinking Maps Learning Community (TMLC) is an online hub for instruction, professional learning, Map creation, and inspiration. It brings together a wealth of tools, resources, and ideas to support effective Thinking Maps implementation and promote more impactful use of the Maps by teachers, students, and school leaders.