A Field Guide to Using Visual Tools

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2000 - Education - 147 pages
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This book examines the practical application of visual tools such as brainstorming webs, task-specific organizers, and thinking-process maps. Graphic overviews map the big picture for each chapter and synthesize the key information about each type of tool. Stories, quotes, and insights from parents, students, teachers, administrators, brain researchers, and software developers illustrate how they use visual tools in their everyday work. A complete chapter on thinking maps (eight visual tools based on fundamental thinking skills) and software explicitly shows how these tools have brought about changes in students' reading comprehension and writing from kindergarten through college and into the workplace. The seven chapters are: (1) "The Mapping Metaphor"; (2) "The Networking Brain and Mind"; (3) "Webs of Creativity"; (4) "The Organizing Mind"; (5) "Thinking-Process Patterns"; (6) "Thinking Maps for Reading Minds"; and (7) "Change Patterns." (Contains 89 bibliographic references.) (SM)

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The Mapping Metaphor 6
Webs of Creativity 36

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David Hyerle is an independent researcher, author, and consultant focused on literacy, thinking-process instruction, and whole-school change. He is the developer of the Thinking Maps language and is presently codirector of Designs for Thinking, a consulting and research group based in New England.

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