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Visual Tools for Transforming Information Into Knowledge

Second Edition


September 2008 | 192 pages | Corwin

"Helps teachers think about what they are doing in the classroom with graphic organizers and how they can use them more effectively."
—Mark Johnson, Principal
Glenwood Elementary School, Kearney, NE

"With an emphasis on transforming information into knowledge, everyone who considers themselves a learner or a facilitator of someone else's learning would benefit from the author's message and ideas."
—Judith A. Rogers, Professional Learning Specialist
Tucson Unified School District, AZ

Develop students' thinking, note-taking, and study skills with powerful visual tools!

Visual tools have the unique capacity to communicate rich patterns of thinking and help students take control of their own learning. This second edition of A Field Guide to Using Visual Tools shows teachers of all grades and disciplines how to use these tools to improve instruction and generate significant positive changes in students' cognitive development and classroom performance.

Expert David Hyerle describes three basic types of visual tools: brainstorming webs that nurture creativity, graphic organizers that build analytical skills and help process specific content, and concept maps that promote cognitive development and critical thinking. Updated with new research and applications for three kinds of Thinking Maps®, this essential resource:

  • Expands teacher skills with practical guides for using each type of tool
  • Presents recent research on effective instructional strategies, reading comprehension, and how the brain works
  • Includes templates, examples, and more than 70 figures that show classroom applications

By utilizing these powerful, brain-compatible learning aids, teachers can help students strengthen higher-order thinking skills, master content and conceptual knowledge, and become independent learners!


 
Foreword by Robert J. Marzano
 
Prologue by Arthur L. Costa
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Summary Definition of Visual Tools
 
Introduction:Transforming Static Information Into Active Knowledge
Blind Insights

 
Right Now: Jumping the Achievement Gap for All Children

 
Overview of the Book

 
 
1. The Mapping Metaphor
Cognitive Dissonance in Representation Systems

 
The Elephant in the Room

 
The Mapping Metaphor: Terra Incognita

 
Mapping the Brain

 
Visual Tools for Mapmaking

 
The Foundation of the Mapping Metaphor: Seeing

 
 
2. Facilitating the Networking Brain and the Patterning Mind
Nonlinguistic and Linguistic Representations

 
Research Studies on Graphic Organizers

 
Reading Comprehension and Reading First Research

 
Mapping Living Systems

 
The Brain Is a Pattern Detector

 
The Visual Brain

 
The Mind Organizes Into Schematic Patterns

 
Multiple Intelligences as Active Patterns

 
Habits of Mind

 
 
3. Using Visual Tools
Clarifying a Confusion of Terms and Tools

 
Content-Specific Visual Tools

 
Defining Visual Tools

 
Theory-Embedded Tools

 
Types of Visual Tools

 
Reviewing Your Toolkit

 
Choosing Appropriate Visual Tools

 
The Importance of Student Ownership of Visual Tools

 
Saving Time

 
Constructing Knowledge in Cooperative Groups

 
Beyond Blueprints, Templates, and Blackline Masters

 
 
4. Brainstorming Webs for Facilitating the Creative Mind
Flow of Information and Knowledge

 
Thinking in Pictures

 
The Brain and Brainstorming

 
The Misconceptions About Brainstorming Webs

 
Webs for Facilitating Habits of Mind

 
Software for Brainstorming Webs

 
Brainstorming Webs for Collaborative Reflection, by David Schumaker

 
Mind Mapping

 
Viewing Book Reviews

 
Mindscapes From Metaphors

 
Seeking Personal Growth

 
 
5. Graphic Organizers for Analytical Tasks
An Overview of Graphic Organizers, by Greg Freeman

 
Comparing Graphic Organizers and Brainstorming Webs

 
Organizers for Habits of Mind

 
Chunking, Memory, and the Organizing Brain

 
Content-Specific Graphics as an Advanced Organizer

 
Process-Specific Maps

 
The Big-Picture Organizers

 
Mapping Lesson Plans

 
Design and Understanding

 
 
6. Conceptual Mapping for Integrating Creative and Analytical Thinking
Thinking About the Box

 
Habits of Mind and Conceptual Maps

 
When Thinking Became Popular

 
Novak and Gowin's Concept Mapping Techniques

 
The Inductive Tower

 
Argument Maps and Rationale, by Tim Van Gelder

 
Feedbacks and Flows in the System

 
Connection Circles, by Rob Quaden and Alan Ticotsky

 
Systems Thinking

 
Leaving Tracks

 
An Integration of Visual Representations: Teaching With Unit Visual Frameworks

 
 
7. Thinking Maps: A Synthesis Language of Visual Tools
A Short History of Thinking Maps

 
Defining Thinking Maps as a Language

 
Five Levels of Thinking Maps Implementation

 
Differentiated Thinking Patterns for English-Language Learners, by Stefanie Holzman

 
Essential Cognitive Questions Based in Standards

 
Using Thinking Maps Software to Map the Standards, by Sarah Curtis

 
From Students and Teachers to Leadership Development and Whole-Schools Transformations

 
The Role of Thinking Maps in the Process of Becoming a Professional learning Community, by Larry Alper

 
Whole System Change

 
 
8. Thinking Maps for Special Needs, by Cynthia Manning
Thinking Maps Give Me a Chance to Learn: Learning Prep Student

 
Background on Learning Prep School

 
Developing the Fundamental Psychological Processes Through Thinking Maps

 
Thinking Maps and High-Stakes Testing

 
Teachers and Students See the Success

 
Thinking Maps and "the Real World"

 
In Conclusion

 
 
References and Further Reading
 
Index

“Helps teachers think about what they are doing in the classroom with graphic organizers and how they can use them more effectively.”

Mark Johnson, Principal
Glenwood Elementary School, Kearney, NE

"With an emphasis on transforming information into knowledge, everyone who considers themselves a learner or a facilitator of someone else’s learning would benefit from the author’s message and ideas. I appreciate the voices of learners of all ages that the author sprinkles throughout the work! These bits bring the ideas to life."

Judith A. Rogers, Professional Learning Specialist
Tucson Unified School District, AZ

did not seem in depth enough

Dr Gayle Mindes
School Of Education, Depaul University - Lincoln Park
April 22, 2013
Key features
  • Author is a widely expert who has provided training on graphic organizers and visual tools
  • Expands teacher skills from familiarity with concept webs to understanding a rich array of additional structures
  • Combines theoretical and research base with highly practical application
  • Filled with templates and examples
  • Shows how to use tools to strengthen higher order thinking skills

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