Busy, busy!


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 22, 2010

I have been feeling like we have been busy bees lately, learning new technologies and concepts in GATE class. It’s only been 4 weeks and we are up and rolling with

blogging, ePals, Inquiry Projects, cyber safety, and we’ve learned 3 Thinking Maps. I am so excited about the opportunity to show my students so many things that sometimes I need to step back and see if anything is sticking. Vacation is a great time to reflect. So, have a great vacation and take some time to think about what we’ve learned so far. I can’t wait for next quarter!!

Thinking Maps


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Thinking Maps | Posted on September 4, 2010

thi_mapThinking Maps are visual teaching tools that are based on the 8 thought processes: defining in context, describing, comparing and contrasting, seeing analogies, classifying and categorizing, cause and effect, whole-to-part thinking, and sequencing. The Frame of Reference is added to each map to show metacognition, reflection, and synthesis information.
Thinking Maps are:
      Visual patterns
      Based on 8 cognitive skills
      Can be used in all content areas and all teachers
      Used in combination with depth and complexity

I have been using TMs for about 12 years now with students from pre-K to adult and have found them to be a crucial part of my teaching. I have had success with ELL students, GATE, and RSP. They are about teaching kids to THINK and organizing their thinking to add depth and complexity.

To start using TMs with any class, I introduce about 1 map a week using a topic they are very familiar with: themselves!  I always give them a template for the introduction but from then on I have them draw the maps themselves. This is important so they own the map.