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Hyerle's 'Thinking Maps'

The 'Thinking Maps' are tools that help to organise and structure our thinking.

The eight maps each support a different type of thinking.  Frequent use of Thinking Maps helps develop a language of thinking in the classroom.

The Bubble Map is used for describing using adjectives (and adjective phrases). Unlike the Circle Map which is used for brainstorming, The Bubble Map is a tool for enriching students' abilities to identify qualities and use descriptive words.

The Circle Map is used for brainstorming ideas and for showing prior knowledge about a topic by providing context information.  “Tell me everything you know about pollution and how you know these things. What experiences have you had that taught you about pollution?”


 The Double Bubble Map is a tool for comparing andcontrasting things.  “Examine the similarities and differences between these two geometric figures.”

The Flow Map is used by students for sequencing and ordering information.

The Multi-Flow Map is used by students for showing and analyzing cause and effect relationships. In the center rectangle is an important event. On the left side of the event is the causes, and on the right side of the event the effects. 

The Brace Map is used by students to analyze physical objects. On the line to the left is the name or image of the whole object. On the lines within the first brace to the right are the major parts.

The Bridge Map gives students a tool for applying the process of seeing analogies.  


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