Thinking maps
I was remembering the work of David Hyerle when I was a Diploma of TESOL student with Sue Gray. I had read his previous work on Thinking Maps: Tools for Learning so was researching further ideas he might have that would help me further my understanding of HOT maps. David is the developer of the Thinking Maps model. I really like the way that the Hot team have taken the Thinking maps and levelled them against SOLO taxonomy. Now when I look at a thinking map, I can see how to make modifications in order to raise the level of cognition and even how to have children help me when we co-construct our success criteria rubrics. Further on in researching I found this little gem of a website that takes some of David’s ideas and has a variety of maps that can be used some of the thinking process. For example: for compare and contrast.
Then taking what I am learning with SOLO from the HOT team, I have applied all this to help me construct my learning intentions for each of my own maps. I know that these will evolve as I put into practise some of these ideas. I am creating a mapping resource that can be taken and easily modified for teaching and learning. I discovered this little tool in Power Point that has enabled me to quickly create some thinking maps.
My next step is to modify the assessment rubrics from the HOT team to fit my current unit of work.