Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps

What Are Thinking Maps?

Thinking Maps are eight specific visual patterns

Visualizing our thinking allows us to have a concrete image of our abstract thoughts. Visual representations enhance the brain's natural ability to detect and construct meaningful patterns. Thinking Maps reduce anxiety by providing familiar visual patterns for thinking and working with complex ideas and situations.

Research: "Although thinking is innate and spontaneous, skillful thinking must be cultivated." -Art Costa, The Thought-Filled Curriculum

Thinking Maps are applied in all content areas


Thinking Maps are most effective when used to teach readiness standards or objectives. Disciplinary literacy requires students to think critically, creatively and analytically in all content areas. As students learn different concepts with increasing complexity, they can apply the same patterns for cognition in all areas.

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Thinking Maps Introduction

I have been trained in the Thinking Maps Inc system and will be teaching your child these eight maps this year. These maps will provide our classroom with a common set of visual tools to "show" our thinking and build metacognition. Thinking Maps are an invaluable tool to solidify important concepts for life-long learning.