Thinking Maps for ESL. 2009-10 Session 1. Setting the Stage - Objectives. TLW develop a set of group norms and roles for quality meetings I will create a tree map of problematic attributes of meetings and discuss conversion to positive attributes of meetings to create group norms.
What are Thinking Maps and how are they different from Graphic Organizers?
Use a Circle Map to define Thinking Maps.
40% of all nerve fibers connected to the brain are linked to the retina
36,000 visual messages per hour may be registered by the eyes.
-Eric Jensen, Brain Based Learning
DUAL CODING THEORY
Knowledge is stored in two forms:
Research proves that the more we use
both systems of representation,
the better we are able to
think and recall knowledge.
“It has been shown that
explicitly engaging students in the creation of nonlinguistic representations
stimulates and increases activity in the brain.” (see Gerlic & Jausovec, 1999)
“The overwhelming need for learners is for meaningfulness… we do not come to understand a subject or master a skill by sticking bits of information to each other.
Understanding a subject results from perceiving relationships. The brain is designed as a pattern detector.
Our function as educators is to provide our students with the sorts of experiences that enable them to perceive patterns that connect.”
Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain (1994), Caine & Caine
GET WIRED TOGETHER.
THAT IS WHAT A PATTERN IS!
Better learning will come not so much from finding better ways for the teacher to
...but from giving the learner better ways to
Seymore Papert, 1990
THE MAPS SHOULD BECOME
STUDENT TOOLS FOR THINKING.