This is the research-based thinking behind mind mapping. From Harvard's Project Zero, this approach aims to develop and foster thinking dispositions, such as curiosity, skepticism and imaginativeness, to help students become the drivers of their own (deeper) learning. This book consolidates strategies, routines and practices to make thinking visible in the classroom and uncover deeper thinking and learning. Inspirational, useful and practical, this book is a thought and practice changer!
From National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, this useful doc provides thorough descriptions for using multiple types thinking maps. See pages 10 - 11 for using Circle Maps to generate ideas and facts around a topic, and using as an ongoing reference as information is acquired and refined.
In a series of 7 blog posts, a talented 2nd-grade teacher walks us through her lessons for guiding students through their first experiences in expository writing. She describes her students' use of fact and concept mapping in terrific detail. I particularly appreciate how this teacher relates her discoveries as a teacher and shares the adjustments she makes along the way to reflect and support her students' development.
Students enter the classroom with varied experiences using graphic organizers and need instruction and support in using them. This first-grade teacher shares her carefully thought lesson plan for introducing the use of circle maps to her students. This is really helpful for lower grade students.