Thinking Maps in the Classroom


Return to: ETAP 623 Spring 2017

My Topic/Purpose

Do you want your students to use higher level thinking? Do you want them to show their thinking on paper but want to use other graphic or visual diagrams to show their thinking? Thinking maps are graphic organizers that support students thinking and will elevate their level of learning. Thinking maps are a tool that both teachers and students can use to support all content throughout their school subjects. If you are interested in learning about some of the thinking maps, come check out this course and take what you need for your own classroom!

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Needs Assessment

1. Instructional Opportunity:

In the education world, there are constantly things changing and new ways to teach and to think. I wanted to use this mini course to introduce a new way of thinking for the classroom environment that will help learners and teachers each a higher level of thinking with the use of visual aids.

2. What is to be learned:

Learners who participate in this course will become familiar with Thinking Maps. Learners will be able to create and effectively use the thinking maps to aid their instruction.

3. The Learners:

Learners in this course will include educators, administration, and other professionals in the e education field that want to learn more about Thinking Maps.

4. Content of Instruction:

Learners in the course will participate fully online. All resources will be provided and attached to each lesson.

5. Goals:

The goal of this course, is to have learners be able to create each type of thinking map. Learners will also be able to use these maps in their classrooms to further the thinking of their students.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

While conducing my needs assessment and of the Learner, I created a simple survey. There were 68 participates. 40% of those participates have heard of thinking maps. When asked if thinking maps were used in their school or building, 50% said they are not being used, while about 35% said they were unsure. 85% of the survey takers said they are interested and willing to learn more about thinking maps.

Performance Objectives

Course-level objectives

  • Students will become familiar with each thinking maps.
  • Students will be able to create thinking maps to use in their classroom.
  • Students will be able to choose the best thinking map to further enhance instruction and learning.

Task Analysis


In this course, educators will be able to learn how to read, create, and use the thinking maps at their own pace. Thinking maps are a great tool to use with children of all ages to help further push their thinking skills.

End of course objective:

Learners will be able to correctly determine and use the thinking maps for different purposes in their classroom.

Performance Objectives:

At the end of each unit, learners will have the ability to create the thinking maps associated with that unit. Once they create that map, either with an online tool or on paper, they will upload a photo for critique with other learners.

Essential prerequisites:

The learner will demonstrate reading comprehension

Supportive prerequisite:

The learner will have self-motivation to complete tasks at the end of each unit.

The learner has the ability to use and navigate basic computer windows.

Curriculum Map

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